Aston tackles healthcare killer

Healthcare killer: Clostridium difficile

With an estimated 40,000 infections and 6,500 deaths per year from the bacterium Clostridium difficile alone; leading scientists in Aston University’s School of Life and Health Sciences have developed a new resource to help infection prevention.

The Infection Prevention and Control in Health and Social Care package comprises a booklet and a daily diary (available in electronic format) highlighting key areas of infection prevention control for use within a healthcare setting.

Infection prevention is a major concern as an increase in Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI’s) has become a growing problem for health and social care providers. It is important that healthcare professionals obtain a good understanding of HAI’s and the best ways to prevent them from developing and spreading within their working environment.

The pack is aimed to promote the use of good infection prevention behaviours to reduce the incidence of HAI’s. The review diary is to encourage a daily reference to highlight areas of concern, or document actions and decisions. The package highlights ways in which to protect themselves, patients/clients and colleagues, and is already being used successfully by Aston University students studying for healthcare related degrees.

Amanda Casey
Director of Audiology Programmes

Infection Control leaflet

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