New guidelines will make a real difference in fight against hospital infections - HPSC

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The HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre today (Monday) published two sets of national expert guidelines which aim to reduce hospital acquired infections associated with intravascular (IV) catheters and to manage the use of antibiotics in Irish hospitals.

These recommendations will make a real difference by reducing the number of IV line infections in Irish hospitals and by improving our ability to successfully treat infections with antibiotics, says the chair of the Strategy for the Control of Antimicrobial Resistance in Ireland (SARI), Dr Olive Murphy. Both sets of guidelines were published by HPSC on behalf of the National SARI Committee.

"The guidelines for the Prevention of intravascular Catheter-related Infection in Ireland pull together best international practice in a single document and make recommendations for the prevention, surveillance, diagnosis and clinical management of infections associated with IV catheters. Adherence to these new guidelines can significantly reduce IV infections in Irish hospitals.

"The Guidelines for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Hospitals in Ireland aims to promote the sensible prescribing of antibiotics. Antibiotics are one of the great medical advances of the 20th century and their appropriate use is essential to protect this precious resource. Inappropriate use can lead to bugs becoming resistant to drugs. These guidelines aim to help cut antibiotic resistance and to make sure that antibiotics work when they are really needed," said Dr Murphy.