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Infection Prevention and Control

Infection Prevention and Control

Contact InformationTel: 01 235 5300
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Description of Service

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The Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) team oversees all aspects of infection prevention and control in the NRH, however infection prevention and control is everyone’s responsibility. Part of the IPC team’s role is to ensure that all staff are compliant with all mandatory IPC education.

The IPC team aim to provide a safe environment for all patients while they participate in a full rehabilitation programme in the NRH. Patients and family members are also educated about the importance of hand hygiene on admission.

The IPC Nurse continuously monitors compliance with frequent audits and results are reported to the NRH Hygiene Infection Prevention and Control Committee (HIPCC) and to the Quality Safety and Risk (QSR) Committee.

Surveillance of infection:  Surveillance forms a crucial component of infection control in the NRH. As the majority of our patients are admitted from other healthcare facilities, many patients are already colonised with a Multidrug Resistant Organisms (MDRO) on admission.  We endeavour to ensure all patients with an identified MDRO are monitored and cared for with appropriate transmission-based precautions to limit the spread of resistant organisms in the NRH.

COVID -19:  The recent opening of Phase one of the New NRH Development has been of significant benefit in the fight against COVID-19.  The development is purpose built with 120 single ensuite rooms and integrated therapy space, specifically designed to accommodate the needs of those requiring complex specialist rehabilitation services.

The design is patient-centred and complies with best international practice and infection prevention and control guidelines – a vital requirement in minimising the potential for transmission of COVID-19, and to facilitate more effective management of Health Care Acquired Infections (HCAIs).

Monthly updates on surveillance figures are reported to the HIPCC and to the Quality, Safety and Risk Committee. Outbreak of any infection will prompt the convening of the Outbreak Committee with the immediate implementation of appropriate measures.

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Patient Information

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The IPC team aim to provide a safe environment for all while you participate in a full rehabilitation programme in the NRH.

As many of our patients are admitted from other hospitals and healthcare facilities, many patients are already colonised with a Multidrug Resistant Organisms (MDRO) on admission. We have stringent measures in place to limit the spread of resistant organisms in the NRH.

COVID -19:  The recent opening of Phase one of the New NRH Development has been an important factor in the fight against COVID-19.  The development is purpose built with 120 single ensuite rooms and integrated therapy spaces.

The design is patient-centred and complies with best international practice and infection prevention and control guidelines – a vital requirement to minimise the potential for transmission of COVID-19, and to ensure more effective management of Health Care Acquired Infections (HCAIs).

You and and family members will also receive information and education about the importance of hand hygiene on admission.

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