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NHS GREATER GLASGOW TACKLES HEALTHCARE ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS HEAD-ON

March 02, 2005 4:06 PM

NHS Greater Glasgow will today (Wednesday) officially launch an unprecedented new campaign to educate and raise awareness of healthcare associated infections (HAIs).

The campaign is aimed at staff, patients and visitors and was launched by Professor Sir John Arbuthnott, Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow.

Speaking at the launch Sir John said:"NHS infection control teams and public health team have been working together to design initiatives that will help all health care workers, patients, carers and relatives do more to drive up standards and drive down infection rates.

"NHS Greater Glasgow already has strict guidelines on reducing the spread of infections and a great deal of work and effort has already been achieving excellent results.

"What we are doing through this campaign is re-doubling our efforts and working with staff to further improve infection control measures at all our health care settings."

The new campaign will see hard-hitting posters being rolled out across hospitals and health centres across the city over the next couple of months.

The posters will be complemented by a series of user friendly information leaflets which will ask staff, patients and visitors to pass on ideas or concerns about infection control measures to either local hospital infection control teams or NHS Greater Glasgow's Public Health department.

A new unified infection control manual has also been launched covering all of Glasgow's hospitals, health centres and healthcare settings.Over the coming months Infection Control Teams will be undertaking various activities to make staff aware of the new unified infection control manual.

Evonne Curran, Infection Control Advisorsaid:"This new campaign comes as NHS Greater Glasgow welcomes the news that overall numbers of MRSA bacteraemia in Glasgow hospitals are going down.

"However, none of us can afford to be complacent and this campaign is being launched to complement the good work already being done andre-double efforts to maintain this downward trend in hospital infections."

In addition, a new web-site featuring information for patients and visitors and best practice teaching for staff is available at www.nhsgg.org.uk.

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.

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