Saving Lives – an epic quest to promote an evidence-based approach for preventing healthcare-associated infections in the National Health Service in England

Loveday, Heather, Pratt, Robert, Pellowe, C.M., Tingle, Alison, Harper, P. J., Jones, Sharnah, Dunnett, Andrew and Whitfield, Andrea (2011) Saving Lives – an epic quest to promote an evidence-based approach for preventing healthcare-associated infections in the National Health Service in England. VISTAS: Education, Economy and Community, 1 (1). pp. 74-89. ISSN 2047-7449

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Abstract

Since its inception more than half a century ago, the National Health Service has continued to transform and improve the health and wellbeing of the Nation. Now treating a million people every 36 hours, the NHS provides an unprecedented range of clinical interventions that can mend accidental damage, prevent, identify and manage or cure disease, and prolong quality life. However, hospital care and healthcare interventions are always associated with potential hazards, including the risk of acquiring an infection during care. Those patients most at risk are often the most vulnerable and chronically ill in our society and they and their families suffer needlessly because healthcare-associated infections are largely preventable. During the last decade, the Richard Wells Research Centre (RWR) in the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences at University of West London (formally Thames Valley university) has collaborated with the Department of Health and a variety of other governmental organisations and professional societies to develop an evidence-based approach to preventing healthcare-associated infections. This article describes the impact of our work and our journey in partnerships to support sustainable improvements in patient care, enhance patient safety and ultimately save lives.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © University of West London 2011
Uncontrolled Keywords: Healthcare-associated infections; National Health Service; public health; infection prevention; patient safety
Subjects: Medicine and health > Clinical medicine
Medicine and health
Medicine and health > Primary health
Depositing User: Meried Belete
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2017 15:53
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2017 15:53
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3140

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