News from NICE: Renewed vigilance of handwashing

infectionNHS must renew hygiene efforts to tackle ‘unacceptable and avoidable’ infection rates

Healthcare professionals should wash their hands before and after seeing every patient to help prevent the spread of infections such as MRSA and C difficile in the NHS. 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.

See the latest NICE quality standard which contains six statements designed to reduce infection rates, including a statement recommending that patients should be looked after by healthcare workers who always clean their hands thoroughly, both immediately before and immediately after contact or care.