Preventing healthcare associated gram-negative bacterial bloodstream infections

An improvement resource to help health and social care economies reduce the number of gram-negative bloodstream infections (BSIs) with an initial focus on Escherichia coli (E.coli).

This resource pack makes suggestions rather than prescriptions about how to reduce these infections and pulls together a collection of tools for local teams. The authors recognise that effective prevention of infection is multifaceted and requires strong leadership, effective training programmes, and evidence-based guidelines and interventions.  biology-220005_1280

The report groups the resources under the following sections:

Reducing infections in the NHS

Department of Health | Published online: 10 November 2016

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Image shows electron micrograph of Escherichia coli close-up

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

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has launched new plans to reduce infections in the NHS. He announced government plans to halve the number of gram-negative bloodstream infections by 2020 at an infection control summit.

E. coli infections – which represent 65% of what are called gram-negative infections – killed more than 5,500 NHS patients last year and are set to cost the NHS £2.3 billion by 2018. There is also large variation in hospital infection rates, with the worst performers having more than 5 times the number of cases than the best performing hospitals.

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.

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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%.

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