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Best practice for infection prevention

Yvonne Carter, clinical director, Gama Healthcare, provides an overview of the fundamental best practice that should be carried out by healthcare workers, as well as the solutions and resources available to assist with best practice.

Yvonne Carter, clinical director, Gama Healthcare, provides an overview of the fundamental best practice that should be carried out by healthcare workers, as well as the solutions and resources available to assist with best practice.

Infection prevention and control (IP&C) is a fundamental component of all health systems; it affects the health and safety of both patients and healthcare providers,1 and plays a key role in preventing healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs). The most common of these HCAIs include Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Escherichia coli (E. coli).2

In the UK, it is estimated 300,000 patients a year acquire HCAIs, with 15% among hospitalised patients and in almost 40% of patients admitted to the intensive care unit.1,3 HCAIs can affect the quality of life and cause significant morbidity and mortality in those affected, accounting for 10,000 deaths each year in the UK. They also predispose acute healthcare workers to an increased risk of infections.1,4 As a result of the morbidity HCAIs cause, they result in long hospital stays, which in turn costs the NHS an estimated £1 billion each year.5

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Upcoming Events

AfPP Annual Conference 2022

University of York
8-11 September 2022

Infection 360: What's trending in infection prevention & control

Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham
27-28 September 2022

IP2022 IS COMING TO BOURNEMOUTH IN OCTOBER 2022

Bournemouth
17-19 October 2022

UKHCA Conference: Listen Up

Pendulum Hotel and Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester
3rd November 2022

MEDICA 2022

Dusseldorf Germany
14th November - 17th November

Future Surgery 2022

ExCel, London
15th - 16th November 2022

Access the latest issue of Clinical Services Journal on your mobile device together with an archive of back issues.

Download the FREE Clinical Services Journal app from your device's App store

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