Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

Health written question – answered on 25th February 2008.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research has been (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effectiveness of one-off deep cleaning of hospitals in preventing the spread of healthcare-associated infections.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

As set out in the written ministerial statement on 17 January 2008, Hansard, columns 38-39WS, following completion of the deep clean of the national health service on 31 March 2008, the Department will work with strategic health authorities (SHAs) to draw up examples of where a deep clean has had a demonstrable effect in improving patient care and experience, and will share these across the NHS.

SHAs will take the lead on evaluation locally as the impact of each trust's programme will be different and no single measurement method will pick up all the benefits, particularly as trusts may be implementing a range of measures to improve cleanliness and tackle healthcare-associated infections.

Improvements in patient experience and environment may be measurable through

Patient Environment Action Team scores; scores on National Specifications for Cleanliness; compliance with the "Code of Practice for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections"; compliance with Department of Health national core standards; health care Commission in-patient survey scores; and infection rates.

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Grace Filby
Posted on 26 Feb 2008 8:02 pm (Report this annotation)

So it is possible that one-off deep cleaning of hospitals in preventing the spread of healthcare-associated infections could be a complete waste of money?