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Healthcare Associated Infections

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Latest edition of HAI e-bulletin out - November 2015

The latest addition of the HAI e-bulletin is out - download your copy

EAAD 2014

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today

80% of all antibiotics are prescribed in the community and 20% prescribed in hospitals.  Between 30-50% of these prescriptions can be inappropriate or unnecessary.  Overuse and misuse of antibiotics in human health is a key driver for antibiotic resistance.  With the relative paucity of new antibiotic development we need to preserve the durability of this precious resource.

European Antibiotic Awareness Day (18th November) aims to increase awareness of global antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.

The Antibiotic Guardian campaign encourages all healthcare staff across acute, community, primary care and care homes as well as patients and the public to make a personal pledge to help preserve our antibiotics for future generations.   The Antibiotic Guardian Pledges are grounded in behaviour change theory which acts as drivers to improve behaviours around antibiotic prescribing and use. 

So play your role and visit the antibiotic guardian website and make a pledge today and help to save our antibiotics for future generations.

Supporting International Infection Prevention Week

International Infection Prevention Week (19-24 October 2015) raises awareness of the role infection prevention plays to improve patient safety and promotes the belief that everyone plays a role in infection prevention as it is everyone’s responsibility.

NES have produced a wide variety of educational resources centring round the application of the Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs) to meet the needs of health and social care staff alike.  From practical ‘pocket guides’ – Preventing Infections in Healthcare and Preventing Infections in Care at Home to inspiring patient stories such as Helen’s Story and practical training aids for use in teaching infection prevention and control based on scenarios reflecting clinical situations outlined in Getting it Right: Practical Application of SICPs. Don’t give infections a helping hand. Play your role and help to strengthen our defences.

Decontamination of Re-useable Medical Devices (Local and Endoscopy) Programme now live - October 2015

The e-learning programme has been designed to support the education of all staff who are involved in some way with the decontamination of reusable medical devices within local or endoscopy units.   This programme replaces the NHSScotland Decontamination Training Programmes for Local and Endoscopy Units. Access to those programmes has now ceased and the new programme is available for self registration on learnPro NHS and community portals. See NES website for further information.

GHD15 Supporting Global Handwashing Day -15 October 2015

October 15th marks the annual Global Handwashing Day aimed at increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing.  Performing hand hygiene is one of the most important things you can do to help reduce the spread of infections and ensure patient safety.  NES can help you with educational resources designed for health and social care staff – see our webpage.

How will you make a difference and help support the aims of Global Handwashing Day, not just on the day but always? Visit the Global Handwashing Day website for ideas on how to get involved and show your support.  Share your plans with others using #GlobalHandwashingDay. 

Safe Management of Linen video launched - September 2015

The aim of this video is ensure safe and consistent practice within NHSScotland in the handling, segregation and processing of hospital laundry in line with national guidance on the decontamination of linen and the Standard Infection Control Precautions which cover safe management of linen at ward level. For more information visit the NES website.

Supporting World Sepsis Day - September 2015

NES is delighted to be supporting World Sepsis Day on 13th September 2015 and reinforcing the message that infection prevention is essential to reducing mortality and harm from sepsis and improving outcomes for patients. We all have a role to play in reducing the instances of sepsis and NES have a range of educational resources to assist health and care staff.

Remember, infection prevention and control is everyone’s business and is essential to help prevent sepsis, so play your part and help strengthen our defences. 

Latest edition of HAI e-bulletin out - September 2015

The latest addition of the HAI e-bulletin is out - download your copy.

Getting It Right: resource for the practical application of SICPs launched - September 2015

This resource provides materials to support Infection Prevention and Control staff in the teaching of Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs).  The resource is based on scenarios that reflect clinical situations that staff may find themselves in.  The scenarios are ideal for incorporating into your local education and training provision. They are practical and allow staff to participate in active learning combining theory and practice. For more information visit the NES website.

Listening and responding to your education needs around Indwelling Urinary Catheter Care in non-NHS settings - August 2015

The HAI team are interested to hear your views about education needs around Indwelling Urinary Catheter Care of people living in care homes or in homely settings. We are particulary keen to hear about any aspects of personal care, taking urine samples and changing catheter bags that could be developed for use, but you may be able to inform us of any other gaps in education in this area of care. Please contact us

Skin Tears: Prevention, Assessment and Management - August 2015

Due to unforeseen circumstances, NES require to temporarily withdraw the Skin Tears workbook whilst necessary amendments are made to the assessment element.  We apologise  for any inconvenience that this may cause.  If you have received printed copies of the workbook, we will be happy to replace these once the amended version is available. We will endeavour to have the interactive and print version workbook available again by end of September 2015. If in doubt, please contact the HAI Team at

Launching HAI Learning Resource Pack at NHSScotland Conference - June 2015

NES is committed to sharing the learning from the Strengthening our Defences events and have developed a resource pack for use locally, which will be launched at the NHSScotland conference on 23rd June 2015 at the NES stand. The resource packs contains Helen’s story, activities, questions and reflective exercises as well as tools and templates to help you plan action to improve infection prevention and control practice in your local area.  Find out more and access the resource pack from the NES website

NEW - Education resource on minimising waterborne infections -   May 2015

NES and HPS have produced an educational resource providing practical demonstrations and explanations of procedures taken to minimise the risk of waterborne infections such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa.  The video offers guidance on a multidisciplinary approach to surveillance, risk assessment, recording and audit of measures taken to minimise the risk of a Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection outbreak.   Find out more and watch the video on the NES website.   


Earlier news articles can be found on the news archive page.