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Course melds infection control and decontamination

A UK-based training organisation has launched a course aimed at combining infection-control knowledge with the principles of decontamination related to all sluiceroom activities.

John Thatcher, CEO and training director of Eastwood Park Training and Conference Centre, said the announcement of the centre’s extended decontamination and infection control training portfolio was timely, given reports from the UK Healthcare Commission that a quarter of NHS trusts in England failed to meet new infection-control standards.

The 2.5-day course, available from February 2008, aims to provide the knowledge to underpin practice and improve standards.

It forms part of a range of decontamination and infection control courses available at the centre, located in Gloucestershire, England.

Mr Thatcher said the course would benefit all levels of staff, as it handled everything from basic handwashing techniques to addressing the principles of microbiology and infection prevention, including taking samples for microbiological culture.

“It reinforces relevant HTM guidance documents and best-practice protocols,” he added.

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