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Winning ways: working together to reduce healthcare associated infection in England

Report of the Chief Medical Officer

  • Document type:
    Guidance
  • Author:
    Department of Health, Chief Medical Officer
  • Published date:
    5 December 2003
  • Primary audience:
    Professionals
  • Product number:
    34152
  • Gateway reference:
    2365
  • Pages:
    23
  • Copyright holder:
    Crown copyright

This report sets out for the local NHS a clear direction on the action necessary to reduce the relatively high levels of certain healthcare associated infections and to curb the proliferation of antibiotic resistant organisms.

Healthcare associated infection was one of the areas identified as needing intensified control measures in the Chief Medical Officer's "Getting ahead of the curve: a strategy for combating infectious diseases". Information about healthcare associated infection and antimicrobial resistance has been clearly communicated by the Department of Health to the NHS over the last five years. The Government has invested substantial sums in improving the patient environment. Despite the extent of the guidance issued to the NHS, such data as are available show that the degree of improvement has been small. This report sets out for the local NHS a clear direction on the action necessary to reduce the relatively high level of certain healthcare associated infections and to curb the proliferation of antibioticresistant organisms.

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