Document aimed at primary, community and secondary care environments
Fresh guidance has been released aimed at reducing infection rates in primary, community and secondary care environments.
Around 300,000 people get an infection while being cared for within the NHS in England each year. These healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) include pneumonia and infections of the lower respiratory tract (22.8%), urinary tract infections (17.2%) and surgical site infections (15.7%).
This quality standard gives primary, community and secondary care services the most up-to-date advice on the best ways to minimise the risks of infections
One in 16 people being treated on the NHS picks up an infection. As a result, more NHS resources are consumed and the affected patients are at increased risk, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has said.
Infections can occur in otherwise-healthy people, especially if invasive procedures or devices like urinary catheters or vascular access devices are used. These infections can also be passed on to healthcare workers, family members and other carers.
NICE hopes that when delivered collectively, the new guidance should improve the effectiveness, quality, safety and experience of care that people get.
The quality standard contains six statements, including:
Professor Leng said: “Although there have been major improvements within the NHS in infection control, particularly in relation to Clostridium difficile and MRSA bloodstream infections in the last few years, healthcare associated infections are still a very real threat to patients, their families and carers and staff.
"This quality standard gives primary, community and secondary care services the most up-to-date advice on the best ways to minimise the risks of infections.”