Reducing infections in the NHS

Plans to prevent hospital infections include more money for hospitals who reduce infection rates and publishing E. coli rates by local area.

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New plans to reduce infections in the NHS have been announced by the government at an infection control summit. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced the plan to halve the number of gram-negative bloodstream infections by 2020.

Infection rates can be cut with better hygiene and improved patient care in hospitals, surgeries and care homes, such as ensuring staff, patients and visitors regularly wash their hands. People using insertion devices such as catheters, which are often used following surgery, can develop infections like E. coli if they are not inserted properly, left in too long or if patients are not properly hydrated and going to the toilet regularly.

These new plans build on the progress made in infection control since 2010 – the number of MRSA cases has been reduced by 57% and C. difficile by 45%.

Read more via Department of Health

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