NHS 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.
Using NICE guidance and quality standards to improve practice
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This guide aims to help and support health and social care provider organisations to implement National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance and use NICE quality standards to achieve improved quality of care in their local settings. It aims to support health and social care professionals and managers in providing care of the highest quality and the best value for money. The guide suggests what an organisation can put in place, and what staff can do to use NICE evidence-based guidance and quality standards to improve practice.
The guide explains ways to assess the extent to which your organisation is implementing NICE guidance and using quality standards, and how to address any gaps if you find out it is not. It includes helpful tips, links to other resources and shared learning examples of ways other people have used NICE guidance and quality standards to improve the quality of health and social care.
NHS institutions can now purchase journals, books and databases to support patient care and safety at competitive rates, thanks to a new Framework Agreement launched by NICE.
The NICE Electronic and Print Content Framework Agreement allows NHS and partner organisations in England and Wales to buy a range of print and electronic content, from 14 approved providers, such as BMJ Publishing, Oxford University Press, Pharmaceutical Press and Waterstones.
The Framework is compliant with the Official Journal of the European Community purchasing route, meaning that it will not be necessary for purchasers to take part in full competitive tendering. Read the full article here
Full details of the products, services, and purchasing and pricing models available through the Framework are available from the Journals and Databases page of the
NHS Evidence website.
Don’t forget you can use NICE for: NICE Guidance Find Guidance, Clinical Guidelines, Diagnostics,Interventional Procedures,Medical Technologies, Public Health, Quality Standards,Technology Appraisals
A new device that allows GPs and practice nurses to detect pulse irregularities and pick up cases of atrial fibrillation whilst measuring blood pressure has been recommended by NICE. Atrial fibrillation (AF) causes the heart to beat with an irregular rhythm. It can be difficult to detect and subsequently diagnose as it is often asymptomatic and can be intermittent.
People with AF are at increased risk of developing blood clots and subsequent stroke, with 423,000 people aged 65 and over expected to have AF, of whom some will be will living with the condition yet are undiagnosed.
In its medical technology guidance on WatchBP Home A, NICE says the device reliably detects AF and may increase the rate of detection when used in primary care. This will consequently allow for preventative treatment to be given and to reduce the incidence of AF-related stroke.
Patients with diabetes who are at the end of life have a unique set of care needs relating to health and social care. However, end of life diabetes care has been recognised as an area lacking quality standards and guidance on best clinical practice and commissioning.
The latest set of quality standards covering a wide range of topics, including heart failure, irritable bowel syndrome, skin cancer, and obesity in adults, has been referred to NICE. NICE will also, for the first time, develop public health quality standards in areas that relate to the NHS.