Welsh NHS hygiene drive21st April 2008
The NHS across Wales is embarking on a major drive to stop mistakes and infections in hospitals causing accidental deaths.
The initiative, branded the â€ś1,000 Lives Campaignâ€? will endeavour to spread examples of good practice in some hospitals in Wales to all units.
Checklists and better communication procedures will be introduced in a drive to improve hygiene and drug management, which NHS bosses hope will save up to 1,000 lives in the next two years.
Figures from campaign directors show that at least 10% of patients are harmed unintentionally by their treatment, resulting in many staying in hospital for longer than planned. Incidents range from minor allergic reactions to medication, to life threatening mistakes.
It is estimated that one in 300 patient deaths are as a consequence of errors in care.
All NHS trusts and local health boards in Wales have signed up to the campaign and co-director Dr Jonathon Gray said: â€śMany of us know of people who have not had the standard of healthcare they need in hospital or primary care.
â€śStaff in the NHS know this too. We save lives every day. The 1,000 Lives Campaign will help save more.â€?
The campaign is being run in conjunction with the Welsh Assembly Government and other health agencies, with trusts and local health boards monitoring the effect and impact of their new methods of working.
Reports on improvements will be made over the next two years of the campaign to help effectively measures the numbers of lives saved across Wales.
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