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EVERY WEEK IS INFECTION CONTROL WEEK FOR NHS GREATER GLASGOW

November 01, 2005 11:24 AM

This week is national infection control week but NHS Greater Glasgow today took the opportunity to reiterate that every week is infection control week in Glasgow.

NHS infection control teams and public health teams are continually working together to ensure that all health care workers, patients, carers and relatives do more to drive up standards and drive down infection rates.

And earlier this year NHS Greater Glasgow officially launched an unprecedented new campaign to educate and raise awareness of healthcare associated infections (HAIs).

The campaign, aimed at staff, patients and visitors, was launched by Professor Sir John Arbuthnott, Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow and was rolled out across hospitals and health centres across the city.

NHS Greater Glasgow has strict guidelines on reducing the spread of infections and a great deal of work and effort has seen some excellent results this year.

With hard-hitting posters and user friendly information leaflets in hospitals and health centres across the city NHS Greater Glasgow is hoping staff, patients and visitors are aware of infection control measures every day of every week throughout the year.

Dr Syed Ahmed, Consultant in Public Health Medicine said:"Overall numbers of MRSA bacteraemia in Glasgow hospitals are going down and we are working hard with staff, patients and visitors to ensure these figures remain down.

"No-one can afford to be complacent and NHS Greater Glasgow will continue the good work already to maintain this downward trend in hospital infections."

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS

What Are Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs)?

HAI can be urinary tract infections, chest infections, wound infections and gastro-intestinal infections.The organisms which cause these infections usually live quite harmlessly on the skin, in the mouth or other areas of the body.

How Do Patients Catch HAIs?

Infection can occur when a patient has had to undergo medical treatments such as an operation.Invasive operations or procedures break the body'sdefence mechanism -the skin – and allow normally sterile body sites to contaminated with organisms from the air or the patient's own contaminated skin.

NHS Greater Glasgow is the largest health board area in Scotland.Serving an immediate catchment population of around 850,000 but providing national services, such as heart transplant, to the whole of Scotland.NHS Greater Glasgow has 33,000 staff who work across 11 acute inpatient hospitals and more than 200 GP practices.

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