Infection Prevention Control
We put infection control and basic hygiene at the heart of good management and clinical practice. To deliver this standard, we are committed to ensuring that appropriate resources are allocated for the effective protection of patients, their relatives, colleagues, and members of the public. In this regard, emphasis was given to the prevention of healthcare associated infection, and the sustained improvement of colleague practice and the cleanliness of our vehicles and stations.
Following implementation of make ready teams across multiple Trust sites, the vehicle cleaning schedule compliance remained above the 85% target for the year.
This was a continued high level of compliance across two consecutive years. This had been a great success in delivering clean vehicles integral to the response for additional COVID-19 decontaminations.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic there had been fast-paced changes in guidance regarding precautions. This included aspects of personal protective equipment with patients but also the integration of the ‘COVID-19 Working Safely Guidance’. The COVID-19 safe working requirement continued through this period and since the introduction of COVID marshals, the previous year, the compliance was maintained to a higher level on average.
Infection, Prevention and Control - Vehicle Cleaning Schedule Compliance
Infection, Prevention and Control - COVID Working Safely Compliance
EEAST continued to utilise an internal track and trace team to identify COVID-19 cases and has been very effective at reducing workplace transmission and limiting any potential outbreaks. We implemented stringent systems for identifying potential and confirmed cases including symptom monitoring, testing, contact tracing and isolation.
The infection prevention control team continued to review best practices in line with national guidance and highlight where improvements could be made as discovered through audit and incident reports. Local audits of colleagues, vehicles and premises were also conducted in large quantities by local managers of operational areas. The compliance against standards throughout the year showed that infection prevention control standards are continually met with most audits achieving the Trust target of 95%. Where audits fall short of this target the infection prevention control team highlights areas for improvement and encompasses any themes or trends into the strategy for quality improvement.