Survey highlights missed opportunities to reduce hospital acquired infections


#IVTEAM #Intravenous products: PRNewswire reports “Two in three healthcare professionals believe that there is still a war against infection in UK hospitals, with catheter-related blood stream infections (CRBSI) considered a major issue by three quarters (74%) of professionals, according to a survey of UK nurses and anaesthetists.

The survey comes after NICE reported that 300,000 patients per year contract healthcare acquired infections, with CRBSI’s accounting for nearly 1 in five infections.[1] CRBSIs are serious, potentially life-threatening infections that cost the average UK hospital between £4,000 and £10,000 each episode.[2] Of the 80% of respondents who are aware of CRBSIs, 73% believe them to be preventable. Over two thirds of all nurses and anaesthetists say that simple interventions to prevent CRBSIs would lead to significant NHS savings.

Despite this, over a third of respondents in the survey were either unaware of or knew nothing about CRBSIs and only 15% were aware that infection is mostly caused by the patient’s own skin. Awareness was particularly low among nurses, with nearly one in five having no awareness of CRBSIs and only 8% correctly citing the patient’s own skin as the major cause.

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