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NHS could do more to fight infection, Commission says

22nd March 2006

Hospital trusts could do more to reduce workplace infections, according to the latest research by the Healthcare Commission.

The third national NHS staff survey published by the Healthcare Commission found that hospital-acquired infections could be reduced as one in four members of NHS staff said their trust does not do enough to promote hand cleaning to staff, patients or visitors.

While 28 per cent of those surveyed said that hot water, soap, paper towels and alcohol rubs were available most of the time, 61 per cent said the same important cleaning products were not always available when required.

Just over half (51 per cent) said that they have received training on infection control from their trust in the past 12 months.

“It is worrying that a small but significant minority of staff reported that adequate hand cleaning facilities were not always available when needed, both for themselves and for patients and others,” said Healthcare Commission chief executive Anna Walker.

“A high standard of hand hygiene is a pre-requisite of safe healthcare and this is undermined if the basic facilities for cleaning hands are not always available.”

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