Infection prevention and control: lessons from acute care in England

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Health Foundation
Health Foundation
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1 November 2015
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Social welfare
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This report considers what has been learned from the infection prevention and control (IPC) work carried out over the last 15 years in hospitals in England, and how these lessons should be applied in future. It discusses whether the NHS should continue to respond in the same way to infection threats or whether it should adopt new approaches. It evaluates the success of  interventions made during this period and  the impact of infection control procedures and practices on clinical care and on service users. The authors examine the findings of a  research study which presented published evidence from the UK about national IPC initiatives and interventions, and synthesize these with findings from qualitative case studies in two large NHS hospitals.They provide an overview of health care associated infections (HCAIs) and the practice of infection control in English hospitals, including recent successes and future challenges. They introduce lessons derived from this to enable the NHS to maintain hospitals as safe places.