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Healthcare infection news from around the Internet

30 January 2015

Department of Health commence consultation on updated Code of Practice on the Prevention and Control of Infection and Related Guidance

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19 January 2015

PHE and NHS England release Collaborative Tuberculosis Strategy for England

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11 December 2014

The O’Neill Commission report on the financial burden of Antimicrobial Resistance: Tackling a crisis for the health and wealth of nations, has been released

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11 December 2014

UK 5 Year Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Strategy 2013–2018 Annual progress report and implementation plan, 2014 released by UK Government

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24 November 2014

The Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry report has been released. Lord MacLean the chairman of the inquirey states that they 'discovered serious personal and systemic failures' during a large outbreak of Clostridium difficile in 2007-8.

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21 November 2014

PHE updated Ebola advice has been released and is availble here:

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18 August 2014

DH have released modified admission MRSA screening guidance which outlines a more focused, cost-effective approach to MRSA screening whilst concentrating on reducing infections and improving patient health.

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14 August 2014

Public Health England investigating national outbrea of Salmonella Enteritidis

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14 August 2014

Updated viral haemorrhagic fever algorithm and guidance on management of patients from the Department of Health and Public Health England

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24 July 2014

Parliamentary science & technology committee report warns of 'casual attitude' to blood safety and vCJD in the UK

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15 July 2014

Public Health England have updated the Viral Haemorrhagic Fever risk assement for patients:

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07 July 2014

House of Commons Science and Technology Committee release First report 'Ensuring access to working antimicrobials'.  Includes comments on importace of cohertent Infection Prevention and Control (33) 

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02 July 2014

WHO updates on the current situation on Ebola in West Africa can be found here:

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Fascinating report from Sky News on Healthcare workers at the centre of the outbreak

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02 July 2014

BBC report David Cameron warns of a medical 'dark ages' due to antibiotic resistance announcing a review into why so few anti-microbial drugs have been introduced in recent years.

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19 June 2014

Public Health England release carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae: risk prioritisation of infection prevention and control measures, screening and isolation roll-out plan

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19 June 2014

BBC report on an NHS England alert following a case of Legionnaires' disease associated with birthing pools.

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NHS England press release is available here:

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And the alert here:

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13 June 2014

New Irish Clostridium difficle guidelines published.  This also includes information on management, reoccurrence and patient information leaflets.

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05 June 2014

PHE and the MHRA are investigating 15 cases of blood poisoning (septicaemia) caused by Bacillus cereus in neonates.  Strong link with parental nutrition. latest update from PHE available here:

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As reported by the BBC: 

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2 May 2014

Health Protecttion Network releases interim advice for the diagnosis and Management of PVL-associated Staphylococcus aureas infection 

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30 April 2014

BBC reports WHO warning that Antibiotic resistance is now a 'global threat'

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WHO's first global report on antibiotic resitance can be viewed here

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17 March 2014

NICE quility standard 61 'Infection Prevention and Control released'

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26 March 2014

BBC report that millions of children in the UK are being given penicillin at too low a dose, putting them at risk of persistent infections.

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26 March 2014

NICE guidance on faecal microbiota transplant for recurrent clostridium difficile infection (IPG485) is published

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01 March 2014

BBC reports significant drop of measles cases in England at the end of 2013

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Public Health England report and data are available from here

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24 February 2014

BBC report of an emerging polio-like disease in California where up to 20 people have been infected.

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07 February 2014

BBC report that WHO estimates that global deaths due to measles have declined by 78% between 2000 - 2012

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WHO data from the weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) can be accessed from here:

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30 January 2014

BBC report research on possible link of Clostridium perfringens and first clinical presentation Multiple Sclerosis

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Full paper 'Isolation of Clostridium perfringens Type B in an Individual at first Clinical Presentation of Multiple Sclerosis Provides Clues for Environmental Triggers of the Disease' is available here:

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24 January 2014

WHO release update on laboratory confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus.

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12 December 2013

DH Ireland releases Guidelines on the Prevention and Control Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).  The full guidance can be found here 

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A summary of the guidance and presentation can be found here

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11 December 2013

NHS England in partnership with the Department of Health, Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive have reissued guidance on the use of surgical facemasks and FFP3 respirators for infectious repsiratory viruses

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11 December 2013

epic3 has now been released as an open access docuement.

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27 November 2013

With world AIDS day approaching ECDC report a 8% increase in cases of HIV across Europe. Full statement and further information can be found here:

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14 November 2013

NHS Wales announces publication of report following outbreak of measles Nov 2012 – July 2013 

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The Full report can be found here

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31 October 2013

NICE quality standards on Surgical Site Infection have been released today.  For access to the web site see here: 

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For PDF version of the standards see here:

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25 October 2013

ipad users can now access The Journal of Hospital Infection via app available from the itunes store

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22 October 2013

What better way to show you how successful Journal of Hospital Infection has been in attracting great content, than to present you a selection of the top downloaded full-text articles of the first half of 2013. All articles will be freely accessible until 31st October 2013

1) Role of hand hygiene in healthcare-associated infection prevention

2) Impact of non-rinse skin cleansing with chlorhexidine gluconate on prevention of healthcare-associated infections and colonization with multi-resistant organisms: a systematic review

3) Adverse effects of isolation in hospitalised patients: a systematic review

4) Prevention of surgical site infections in orthopaedic surgery and bone trauma: state-of-the-art update

5) epic2: National Evidence-Based Guidelines for Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections in NHS Hospitals in England

22 October 2013

The Department of Health has made available a number of resources in support of European Antibiotic awareness day held on 18th November.

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15 October 2013

BMJ publishes large scale survey of prion protein in human appendixes to estimate prevalence of subclinical infection with prions and the implications for the management of blood and blood products and for the handling of surgical instruments.

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15 October 2013

Today is Global Hand washing Day. More information including tools and resources can be found here.

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Public Health England  have issued a reminder on the importance of Handwashing.  The press release and useful links to other resources can be found here

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11 October 2013

The Chief Medical Officer, PHE and NHS England urge people who are most at risk of flu to get vaccinated, to protect themselves this winter.

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Public Health England have produced the first weekly National Influenza report for 2013-14 flu season and is available here

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8 October 2013

The latest guidance on antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship is available from Public Health England

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4 October 2013

'Treatment Outcome of Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis in the United Kingdom: Retrospective-Prospective Cohort Study from 2004-2007' published in Eurosurveillance 

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30 September 2013

Wales' biggest health board is facing calls for a corporate manslaughter investigation over  Clostridium difficile outbreak as reported by the BBC

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26 September 2013

NHS Immunisation Statistics, England - 2012-13 have been released

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26 September 2013

BBC reports that most cases of Clostridium difficile are not actually hospital aquired from research published in the New England Journal of Medicine

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The original abstract from the NEJM can be found here

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25 September 2013

HIS working party releases 'Guidance on the use of respiratory and facial protection equipment' (open access) and is available here

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24 September 2013

North Wales Community Health Council to make unannounced visits to three major hospitals following Clostridium difficile outbreak report published in August

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The original report reviewing Infection prevention and control systems at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board can be accessed here

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20 September 2013

CDC publishes Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Guidance for the United States 2013 - 2014

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18 September 2013

“The National One Week Prevalence Audit of  Universal Meticillin- resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Admission Screening.” is available on line (open access)

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17 September 2013

Untreatable: Report by CDC details today’s drug-resistant health threats. The report includes four core actions to halt resistance

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Full report available here

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17 September 2013

BBC reports the number of human cases of E. coli 0157 could be cut by 85% if cattle were vaccinated

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Link to the abstract from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America can be found here

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16 September 2013

Available as open access from the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy: 'Systematic analysis of funding awarded for antimicrobial resistance research to instituions in the UK, 1997-2010'

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13 September 2013

More must be done to save the lives of patients with sepsis, says a report from the Health Service Ombudsman as report by the BBC 

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Full report including executive summary and recomendations are published here

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