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Government outlines new hospital infection proposals

18th September 2007

The government has set out a new raft of proposals to help tackle healthcare-associated infections in hospitals, with these plans including new guidance on isolation of infected patients, clothing and new responsibilities for healthcare staff.

According to the new measures, clinical directors must report directly to trust boards on cleanliness and infection control every quarter, with a focus on compliance with statutory obligations.

Healthcare staff will adopt a “bare below the elbows” dress code and participate in an extended cleanyourhands campaign launched by the National Patient Safety Agency.

Staff will enforce greater use of isolation for patients infected with C difficile or MRSA and chief executives will be legally compelled to report all cases to the Health Protection Agency.

Alan Johnson, health minister, said: “I’m determined that patient safety, including cleanliness, should be the first priority of every NHS organisation. “

Mr Johnson added that great efforts are being taken across the NHS to reduce MRSA and C difficile infection.

He added that these measures will show patients that all clinical staff, including doctors and nurses, are taking the issues of healthcare-associated infections and patient health seriously.

Last month, the government announced the launch of an online video to aid NHS workers reduce the incidence of C difficile occurring within the NHS.

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