Reducing the Risk of Community Infections

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A consultation on a new strategy for preventing healthcare associated infections in the community has been launched by Health Minister Dr Brian Gibbons.

Healthcare professionals from across Wales are being asked for their views on the new strategy which aims to reduce infection in the community from organisms such as Influenza, Norovirus, MRSA and Clostridium Difficile.

The draft strategy has been developed following a similar successful approach for hospitals launched in 2004.

It has been developed to highlight best practice in infection control and make all organisations aware of their responsibilities in combating infections.

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The guidance will be aimed at a wide range of individuals and organisations that provide healthcare in the community including GPs, nursing homes, physiotherapists and dental practices.

The document includes a range of actions that healthcare organisations and professionals can take to stop patients, residents and healthcare workers from becoming infected as a result of receiving care in community healthcare facilities.

Implementing national infection control standards, training and education, and, audit and surveillance are all key elements of the draft strategy.

Dr Gibbons said: "We are committed to reducing the number of people who become infected in all healthcare facilities whether in hospitals or in the community.

"There are a wide range of organisations that provide healthcare in communities across Wales.

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