Category list : Infection control
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Preventing and managing MRSASubscription
VOL: 96, ISSUE: 38, PAGE NO: 8Rose Cooper, PhD, BSc, PGCE, is a microbiologist, School of Applied Sciences, University of Wales Institute, CardiffProfessor Keith Harding, MB, MRCGP, FRCS, Director, Wound Healing Research Institute, CardiffWhen it was first developed, penicillin effectively treated Staphylococcus aureus infections by inhibiting bacterial cell-wall biosynthesis. Within 10 years, however, more than 80% of S. aureus strains were resistant to it.
In response to growing concerns about cleanliness in UK hospitals, the Infection Control Nurses’ Association and Association of Domestic Management have developed Standards for Environmental Cleanliness in Hospitals (ICNA and ADM, 1999).
Risk assessment matrix for MRSASubscription
VOL: 96, ISSUE: 42, PAGE NO: 39 Scott Forrest, BSc, RMN, RGN, is an infection control nurse in public health, Lothian Health, Edinburgh
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Infection control liaison nurse trainingSubscription
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VOL: 97, ISSUE: 07, PAGE NO: 9Kim Gunn, RGN, MPH, is public health specialist in communicable disease and infection control, North Staffordshire NHS Health Authority, Stoke on TrentEA Partnership (2000) EA Partnership and the ICNA 2000 Infection Control in esidential and Nursing Homes Training Pack. For a copy telephone 01480 497243, or e-mail: email@example.com
Aseptic non-touch techniqueSubscription
Every year about 5,000 patients die unnecessarily in the UK from hospital-acquired infection (National Audit Office, 2000). Many become infected during simple procedures, such as administering intravenous drugs and managing wounds, owing to poor hand-washing and aseptic technique. Despite this, it has been shown that techniques and terminology vary greatly (Rowley, 1996).
National evidence-based guidelines for preventing hospital-acquired infections were commissioned recently by the Department of Health (Pratt et al, 2001). These guidelines impact on the activities of all health care practitioners working in hospitals.
Understanding the MRSA experienceSubscription
VOL: 97, ISSUE: 30, PAGE NO: 36Maurice Madeo, BSc, RN, is an infection control nurse, Hull Royal InfirmaryMaurice Madeo, BSc, RN, is an infection control nurse, Hull Royal Infirmary
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