Audit Tools for Monitoring Infection Control Guidelines within the Community Setting 2005
FOREWORD FROM THECHIEF MEDICAL OFFICERAND CHIEF NURSING OFFICER ENGLAND.
Tackling healthcare associated infections is a key priority for the NHS. We know that to bring about an improvement in infection practice it is important that measures knownto be effective in reducing the risk of infection are rigorously and consistently applied.This infection control audit tool for primary and community care settings builds onprevious work for acute Trusts and provides a standardised method for monitoring both clinical practice and the environment. Feeding back audit results will enable staff to systematically identify where improvement is needed, to minimise infection risksand enhance the quality of patient care.We welcome and commend the audit tool to the NHS as a means of helping to improveperformance and patient care forming part of the NHS wide action plan to reduceinfection and increase patient safety. As the Department takes forward its work on theSaving Lives programme and adapts this to other care settings this tool is seen as acrucial piece of work.Sir Liam DonaldsonChristine BeasleyChief Medical OfficerChief Nursing OfficerDepartment of Health (England)