Issue : February 2004
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VOL: 102, ISSUE: 30, PAGE NO: 37GENERIC AND PROPRIETARY NAMES
Countless educational initiatives have been implemented both locally and nationally to inform health care staff at all levels of the importance of basic hygiene measures. In addition, a range of national standards and guidelines has been issued that give health care providers advice on current best practice (Department of Health, 2003, 2000a, 2000b; National Institute for Clinical Excellence, 2003).
Asymptomatic UTIs occur when causative organisms can be isolated in appropriate numbers from a urine sample in the absence of any clinical symptoms. Complicated UTIs may be either symptomatic or asymptomatic and can involve the lower or upper urinary tract. These are related to functional or structural abnormalities of the genitourinary tract (Nicolle, 1997), for example glomerulosclerosis (fibrosis of the glomeruli as a result of inflammation).
The needs of older people and their supporters are increasingly coming to the forefront of both policy and service development.
WHAT IS IT?
The epic Project guidelines (Pratt et al, 2001) state that: ‘Where a piece of equipment is used for more than one patient, for example a commode, it must be cleaned following each and every episode of use.’ As a ward sister and infection control link nurse in a private hospital, part of my role is to train staff about infection control and monitor standards and practice within the hospital.
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the UK, accounting for three per cent of all hospital admissions (Department of Health, 2000). The National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease (DoH, 2000) was introduced to reduce the incidence of CHD and improve the quality of care provided for these patients.
Our hand-hygiene education programme is ongoing and the trust’s chief executive has written to every member of staff, informing them that non-compliance will be viewed as a serious disciplinary offence. However, some staff still do not wash or decontaminate their hands when they should.