Campaign to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance

The Chief Medical Officer and some of the country’s most recognisable doctors have issued a video to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance.  The video appeal is designed to raise awareness of the threat of antimicrobial resistance with parents and to offer advice on how everyone can play a part in tackling it.

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Decontamination of breast pump milk collection kits and related items

A variety of methods are in use for decontaminating breast pump milk collection kits and related items associated with infant feeding. This paper aims to provide best practice guidance for decontamination of this equipment at home and in hospital. It has been compiled by a joint Working Group of the Healthcare Infection Society and the Infection Prevention Society.

Full reference: Price E, Weaver G, Hoffman P et al  Decontamination of breast pump milk collection kits and related items at home and in hospital: guidance from a Joint Working Group of the Healthcare Infection Society & Infection Prevention Society J Hosp Infect. 2015 Dec 1. pii: S0195-6701(15)00352-7 [Epub ahead of print]

Improving Infection Prevention and Control Practices Using Participatory Visual Methods

The purpose of this quality improvement project was to determine the feasibility of using provider-led participatory visual methods to scrutinize 4 hospital units’ infection prevention and control practices.

Methods included provider-led photo walkabouts, photo elicitation sessions, and post-improvement photo walkabouts. Nurses readily engaged in using the methods to examine and improve their units’ practices and reorganize their work environment.

Full reference:  Backman C, Bruce N, Marck P, Vanderloo S. Engaging Direct Care Providers in Improving Infection Prevention and Control Practices Using Participatory Visual Methods. J Nurs Care Qual. 2015 Dec 16. [Epub ahead of print]