Skins and Needles – Royal Society for Public Health

In the last decade, there has been a big increase in the numbers of people having tattoos, piercings, electrolysis and acupuncture in the UK.  The legislative environment has struggled to keep up with this evolving environment, and despite some parts

Vascular surgery exposure prone procedure (EPP) categorisation: Advice from the United Kingdom Advisory Panel for Healthcare Workers Infected with Bloodborne Viruses (UKAP) – Public Health England

The UK Advisory Panel for Healthcare Workers Infected with Bloodborne Viruses (UKAP) specialist working group has compiled a list of exposure prone procedures (EPPs) and non-EPPs carried out in vascular surgery.  Each procedure has been categorised into the level of risk of

Surveillance of surgical site infections in NHS hospitals in England: 2017 to 2018 – Public Health England

This annual report covers surgical site infection (SSI) data collected by NHS hospitals and independent sector NHS treatment centres.  Data in this report includes voluntary submissions and data submitted as part of the Department of Health’s mandatory healthcare-associated infection surveillance programme.

Investigation into an outbreak of Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O157 PT 21/28 Stx2 in England, August 2017 – Public Health England

Report from the multi-agency investigation into an outbreak of 4 cases infected with genetically related strains of STEC O157 identified in August 2017. The report links the STEC serogroup O157 PT 21/28 outbreak to raw pet food and recommends increasing public

Voluntary surveillance of candidaemia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: 2017 – Public Health England

Analysis of data from voluntary reports of candida species causing bacteraemia (including trend data; age, sex and geographical distribution; and antimicrobial susceptibility) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Laboratory surveillance of Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: 2017 – Public Health England

Trends in voluntary reports of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) bacteraemia by age, sex and geographical distribution, from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Laboratory surveillance of Proteus, Morganella and Providencia species bacteraemia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: 2017 – Public Health England

Report providing information on incidence trends, age and sex distribution, geographical distribution and antimicrobial susceptibility in reported cases in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Antimicrobial Resistance and Immunisation: (POSTNOTE Number 581) – Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

This report describes the role for immunisation in tackling AMR, both globally and in the UK, the use of existing vaccines and how vaccine development aligns with public health priorities. Key points are: Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has reached a point

Possible listeria contamination of frozen vegetables distributed by Greenyard (2018): Information for healthcare professionals – Public Health England

Guidance for health professionals relating to listeriosis following recall of frozen vegetables distributed by Greenyard (2018). A number of frozen vegetable products were recalled due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, this document provides guidance for healthcare professionals answering queries from

Update on the reporting and monitoring arrangements and post-infection review process for MRSA bloodstream infections – NHS Improvement

This update describes the detailed requirements for the reporting and review of BSI caused by MRSA, part of the Single Oversight Framework, from April 2018 and it includes lists of the trusts and CCGs that will need to carry out

Clostridium difficile infection objectives for NHS organisations in 2018/19, guidance on sanction implementation and notification of changes to case attribution definitions from 2019 – NHS Improvement

Sets out the objectives for acute trusts and clinical commissioning groups to make continuous improvement in Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) care. These objectives are updated each financial year. The methodology used when calculating CDI objectives recognises the changing rate of CDI improvement

Helping to prevent infection: A quick guide for managers and staff in care homes – Social Care Institute for Excellence

Reminder for Mangers and Staff in care homes of the importance and methodolgies of infection prevention. The guide covers: Hand decontamination Personal protective equipment Sharps Waste disposal Education and information

UK Public Health Resistance Alert: Salmonella Typhi resistant to third generation cephalosporins isolated in England from a traveller returning from Pakistan – Public Health England and Health Protection Scotland

In December 2017, Public Health Englands’s Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections reference unit issued an alert urging public health laboratories to screen all presumptive isolates of S. Typhi and S. Paratyphi for resistance to third-generation cephalosporins and to refer

Guidelines for the prevention and control of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, Acinetobacter baumannii and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in health care facilities – World Health Organization

Global guidelines for preventing and controlling three types of carbapenem-resistant gram-negative bacteria in health settings. These bacteria are difficult to treat due to high levels of antibiotic resistance and are associated with high mortality. They have the potential for widespread transmission