Emergence of new Clostridioides difficile ribotype (955) 

Clostridioides difficile are bacteria that cause diarrhoea particularly in older persons and those that have been or being treated with certain antibiotics. Since January 2021, there has been an increase in CDI for which there is no clear explanation. UKHSA is...

Preventing UTI for those with indwelling catheters

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) affect the urinary tract, including the bladder, urethra, or kidneys. UTI’s are one of the leading causes of potential life- threatening E. coli bloodstream infections among over 65’s and are a major contributor to the burden of...

Mask wearing by visitors

It has been brought to our attention by the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Cell that some care homes are struggling with visitors and professionals not wearing face masks. Most COVID outbreaks are being brought into homes by visitors, so its important managers...

CQC: Your commitment and keeping people informed

          Following DHSC’s latest IPC guidance announcement the CQC want to acknowledge the commitment you and your teams are showing to review your approach and adapt where necessary. CQC acknowledge that most providers are making every...

Living with COVID-19: Support for the care sector

The government’s plan for removing the remaining legal restrictions while protecting people most vulnerable to COVID-19 has been published. The legal requirement for the public to self-isolate was removed on the 24th February 2022. People with COVID-19 or with...

Important Changes to the Capacity Tracker

Important Changes to the Capacity Tracker from Monday evening, 10th August 2020. Following feedback, we have made some small changes the questions in Capacity Tracker on Infection Prevention and Control. From 6pm BST Monday 10th August 2020, you will see that: The...