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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | June 2014

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How to ensure better infection control in the patient's home

How to ensure better infection control in the patient's home
Infection Control

Pages: 76 - 81

Article topics: Antiseptics, Infection Control, Personal hygiene, Wash caps

Infection prevention and control is an enormous challenge within the hospital environment, but with the changing face of the NHS meaning that more complex care is being provided in the community and within patients' homes, the goal of zero tolerance of preventable healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) is even more of a challenge. So-called 'super-bugs' put a tremendous strain on NHS resources, as well as compromising patients' recovery, quality of life and wellbeing, and are increasingly being seen in the community. This article looks at the provision of infection control in the community and how nurses need to organise services that involve patients in their own care. It also investigates the use of a range of infection control products, including a wash cap (octenisan® wash cap [schülke]), specifically designed for use in immobile patients.