The RCN has warned that the flurry of Scottish Government initiatives to fight HCAIs is leaving infection control nurses overstretched.
RCN Scotland Director Theresa Fyffe demanded that initiatives be properly resourced and coordinated.
‘Rarely a week goes by without a new way to tackle HCAIs being announced by the Government,’ she said.
‘We need effective leadership on the wards and Government needs to work with those on the ground to ensure that new activities are introduced in a planned and cohesive way.’
Her remarks came in advance of her speech to politicians and the public at a Scottish Labour Party Conference fringe meeting on Friday.
Carol Anne Knox, a charge nurse at NHS Lothian was also billed to speak at the event.
‘Leadership on the ward is vital if we are to tackle HCAIs. Senior charge nurses need to be given the authority, appropriate resources and support they need to run the ward and ensure safe and effective patient care,’ she said.
Scottish Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: ‘I make no apology for putting in place a range of measures designed to tackle HAIs and there are more to come.’
Among the government initiatives to fight HCAIs are a pilot of pre-admission screening for MRSA; handing responsibility for ward cleanliness to senior charge nurses; and a target to reduce all staphylococcus aureus infections by 30% by 2010.
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