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Hospital Infection Control 'Still Poor'

Magazine article Public Finance

Hospital Infection Control 'Still Poor'

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The vast majority of NHS staff do not know who is responsible for eliminating hospital-acquired infections such as MRSA from their hospital, the results of a national survey have suggested.

In October 2004, the chief medical officer called on NHS trusts to introduce a director of infection prevention and control, to spearhead the quest to eliminate HAIs.

However, a survey of more than 200 NHS trusts, conducted by the Patients Association, found that only 11% of infection control staff knew who their responsible board member was.

The survey also found that more than half of respondents in the English Southwest said their hospitals did not have access to 24 hours a day, seven days a week cleaning services.

Access to cleaners was also restricted in the Midlands, where only 58% said full-time cleaning staff were on hand. The national access rate was 70%.

The National Patient Safety Agency recommends that clinical staff use disinfecting hand gels, but fewer than half of respondents said doctors in their hospital always did so. …

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