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One in four trusts fails on hygiene

One in four PCTs has failed to meet one of three standards laid down in the Healthcare Commission's hygiene code, a report reveals this week.

The code, which measures infection control, decontamination of devices and cleanliness, was introduced in October to combat healthcare-associated infections such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile.This is the first time that trusts have had to report compliance with the code – which forms part of the annual assessment of NHS trusts.

The Healthcare Commission report showed that out of 152 PCTs, 42 could not say they 'properly decontaminate all reusable medical devices and manage well the risk associated with decontamination'.

The report also found 14% of PCTs did not meet infection control requirements and 16% failed to hit hygiene targets.

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