At any one time approximately one in ten patients in acute hospitals have a
hospital acquired infection (HAI), and an unquantified number of patients in
the community have an infection related to their recent hospital admission.
Studies indicate that HAIs impose a substantial burden on the hospital
sector but provide minimal data on the distribution of these in-patient costs.
Little is known about the costs to the primary health care sector, community
services, the individual concerned and informal carers.
Senior doctors wash their hands only twice in
21 hours of ward rounds; and a third of soft toys in GP's waiting
rooms harbour potentially lethal bugs. As a result, the British Department of Health is issuing the first guidelines in 25
years on cleanliness in the NHS.
This study, commissioned by the Department of Health, aimed to provide a
comprehensive assessment of the socio-economic burden of HAI to the
hospital, community services, patients and carers.
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