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A recent government health agency report has revealed one in every 16 people treated at an NHS hospital will contract an infection.
According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), healthcare associated infections are still a “very real threat” to patients.
As a result, the latest NICE quality standard urges healthcare professionals to wash their hands before and after seeing EVERY patient to help stop MRSA and C. diff spreading.
Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health and Social Care at NICE said it is “unacceptable” that infection rates are still so high within the NHS and warned that viruses can “make underlying conditions worse” and “reduce quality of life”.
Despite deaths from MRSA and C. diff dropping in recent years, officials have warned that excessive use of antibiotics has resulted in new strains of these infections that are currently resistant to treatment.
With the latest quality standards from NICE in mind, every healthcare establishment should be equipped with the facilities to ensure infection control is a top priority – and this is an area where hand hygiene is vital.
As such, hand wash dispensers, hand sanitisers, paper hand towel dispensers and roller towels should be readily available to prevent the spread of germs and avoid illnesses occurring, particularly in already vulnerable patients.
To learn more about what we can do to improve your organisation’s infection control, please speak to a member of our team – we’re always happy to help.
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