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New toolkit launched to help nurses combat infection

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An infection prevention and control toolkit, aimed at reducing infections and managing the risks associated with antimicrobial resistance, has been launched today by the Royal College of Nursing and the Infection Prevention Society.

The resource, which is a revision of a previous version, is aimed at “nursing and commissioning staff” and is supported by NHS England.

“Focusing on the prevention of healthcare infections is a key part of the UK strategy to tackle antimicrobial resistance”

Heather Loveday

In particular, it highlights the importance of sepsis and its two main causes – pneumonia and urinary tract infections.

The two organisations said they hoped that all providers of health and social care would use the toolkit to plan the delivery of care services in the future.

Rose Gallagher, the RCN’s professional lead for infection prevention and control, said: “We are calling for NHS England and the government to focus on two of the most common infections experienced by the general public in order to have the maximum impact.

“Success will require joint leadership and collaboration between national and local health, social care and public health organisations,” she said. “A challenge of this size requires a clear, effective national plan of action.”

She added: “This toolkit is the first step towards reducing two serious burdens of infection in England, combatting antibiotic resistance and, most importantly, improving public health and patient care.”

Professor Heather Loveday, president of the Infection Prevention Society, said: “Focusing on the prevention of healthcare infections is a key part of the UK strategy to tackle antimicrobial resistance.”

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