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Time to act on surgical site infections

Nick Rothwell warns that we do not yet have a true picture of SSI prevalence in the UK and, without this, we will never fully understand the scale of the problem with which we are dealing.

He highlights a new report, Time to Act, which aims to raise awareness of the key issues.

COVID-19 continues to significantly impact every aspect of our lives. In particular, it has brought the importance of infection prevention to the forefront of public consciousness. We wear face coverings to buy groceries and when we use public transport, we are reminded to regularly wash our hands for two minutes, and we stay a safe distance away from our family and friends to prevent transmission. As the general public has become more aware of the importance of infection prevention measures in their day-to-day lives, we must also consider what more can be done to support the NHS to enhance the way in which it prevents infections – including in the operating theatre. 

The NHS has been on the frontline in the battle against the virus, while also managing its unintended consequences. From later diagnoses of conditions such as cancer, through to increased waiting times or cancellations of elective surgery, the pressure on the service has never been greater in its 72 years of existence. It is down to all of us to support the NHS and our brilliant healthcare professionals (HCPs) to help manage these pressures and overcome the challenges ahead, and that includes making surgeries as safe as possible for patients. 

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Upcoming Events

AfPP Annual Conference 2022

University of York
8-11 September 2022

Infection 360: What's trending in infection prevention & control

Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham
27-28 September 2022

IP2022 IS COMING TO BOURNEMOUTH IN OCTOBER 2022

Bournemouth
17-19 October 2022

UKHCA Conference: Listen Up

Pendulum Hotel and Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester
3rd November 2022

MEDICA 2022

Dusseldorf Germany
14th November - 17th November

Future Surgery 2022

ExCel, London
15th - 16th November 2022

Access the latest issue of Clinical Services Journal on your mobile device together with an archive of back issues.

Download the FREE Clinical Services Journal app from your device's App store

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