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One in four NHS trusts in England fail hygiene standards

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 19 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1393
  1. Rebecca Coombes
  1. 1London

More than a quarter of NHS trusts in England have failed to meet one or more hygiene standards set by the Healthcare Commission.

Of the 103 trusts (26% of the total of 391 trusts) that failed on at least one of three core hygiene standards in 2007-8, 40 had slipped back from better performance the previous year.

The area where the greatest number of trusts struggled was in the decontamination of reusable medical devices. Seventy trusts failed to meet this standard. Thirty five trusts could not say that they had complied with standards on …

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