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Infection Prevention and Control

Why is Infection Prevention and Control (IP&C) so important?

Healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) are infections that are acquired (by patients or staff) following admission to hospital or as a result of healthcare interventions in other healthcare facilities.

HCAIs are among the major causes of death and increased morbidity in hospitalised patients.

There are an estimated 300,000 cases of HCAI in the United Kingdom, with an estimated 5,000 deaths and over 15,000 deaths to which HCAIs are a contributory factor.

HCAIs cost the NHS an estimated 1 billion a year and each one costs the NHS between 4,000 and 10,000.

How is Yorkshire Ambulance Service helping to reduce healthcare associated infections?

The Trust Board is committed to ensuring the safety of its employees and any other persons affected by its activities.

Working together with our staff, we are committed to addressing infection prevention and control in a proactive way. This process involves employing good infection prevention and control systems including risk assessment, planning and compliance auditing.

As part of this process the Trust ensures performance targets are set and monitored. Objectives of a corporate, directorate and personal nature relating to Infection Prevention and Control are established and managed in line with the requirements of the Health and Social Care Act (2008).

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