Care homes infections warning22nd September 2009
The Care Quality Commission has warned that a lack of effective interaction between hospitals and care homes could be placing patients in danger of infections such as MRSA.
The CQC said almost one fifth of care homes were not informed if a patient released from hospital was, or had been, suffering from an infection.
The survey of over 1,000 homes revealed that even when homes were informed, the information could be unfinished or incomprehensible.
Recent data has shown that MRSA levels have decreased by 40% in the past year, along with C difficile rates.
However, the CQC survey said that these improvements were being affected by the lack of good communication between care homes and hospitals.
The survey showed that 17% of care homes were not given patient infection histories by hospitals and an additional 28% said they received only partial or indecipherable information.
The CQC also said that 25% of care homes were not carrying out proper infection control procedures.
CQC chief executive Cynthia Bower said: "Infection prevention and control is not simply an issue for hospitals - care needs to be clean and safe wherever it is provided."
"If we are to tackle infections effectively we need to check that all providers of care are talking to each other."
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Title: Care homes infections warning
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 12712
Date Added: 22nd Sep 2009