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  • Healthcare associated infections / antimicrobial resistance | HSC Public Health Agency
    C difficile infections from 1 1 per cent to 0 2 per cent The prevalence of antimicrobial use was 29 5 Most antibiotic use 60 per cent in hospitals was in patients receiving treatment for infections which commenced in the community Eleven percent of surgical prophylaxis was prescribed for greater than one day 2012 Northern Ireland PPS Report NI PPS hospital acquired infection pdf CDI public inquiry report The public inquiry into the outbreak of CDI in Northern Trust Hospitals 2007 08 issued its report on 21 March 2011 The report contains 12 recommendations addressing communication with patients patient safety quality of care end of life care record keeping death certification outbreak control plans and guidance and isolation of patients with suspected or known CDI Details of the full report can be accessed through the inquiry s website HCAI symposium The PHA hosted its second annual symposium on HCAIs on 30 March 2011 in the King s Hall Belfast The symposium was opened by the Chief Medical Officer and included presentations from Trusts and the PHA addressing HCAI improvements and work programmes Dr Bharat Patel Consultant Medical Microbiologist Microbiology Services Lead for London Health Protection Agency outlined HCAI improvements which have been achieved nationally and discussed learning arising from work progressed to date CDI and cleanyourhands training sessions To the end of March 2011 the HCAI team has delivered 13 training sessions on our cleanyourhands campaign and best practice in management of CDI to nursing and residential homes A total of 580 staff representing 187 homes have attended this training with further training sessions planned The health protection IPC nursing team is also establishing a link system to support IPC training and best practice across the nursing and residential home sector Patient information leaflets The HCAI team is leading work to draft and agree an updated suite of HCAI patient information leaflets PILs Work on these PILS is progressing in partnership with Lead IPC nurses in the five HSC Trusts Phase 1 of this work is nearing completion and includes PILs on HCAI general information hand hygiene MRSA and norovirus Phase 2 of this work will include PILs addressing laundry advice Extended Spectrum Beta Lactamases ESBL infections a group of bacteria that are resistant to many commonly used antibiotics and scabies Areas of focus 2011 2012 The health protection and infection prevention and control nursing service HP IPC nursing within the HCAI team has been enhanced during 2010 11 The team provides HP IPC support to the nursing and residential home sector providing facility visits supported risk assessment and management for HCAI incidents outbreaks and site specific training education The nursing team is rolling out regional training sessions relating to the cleanyourhands hand hygiene campaign and best practice for CDI management The HCAI team is working in partnership with the HSCB to draft and agree an HCAI action plan for primary and community care settings This plan will address nursing and residential home sector general medical and dental practices service

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/directorate-public-health/health-protection/healthcare-associated-infections-antimicrobial-resistanc (2016-02-11)
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  • Health protection improvement and inequalities | HSC Public Health Agency
    there are certain individuals who come from countries with high prevalence of diseases such as tuberculosis TB hepatitis B hepatitis C and HIV Broadly the health protection issues regarding migrants are in three main categories which include vaccinations sexually transmitted infections STIs and blood borne diseases The PHA is establishing a Northern Ireland Migrant Health Network health protection service which would be a major part of the network along with health improvement primary care and local trusts The main aim is to ensure policies are in place for screening of individuals entering the country have the resources available to be able to offer appropriate medical services for treatment of such individuals and to prevent further transmission of disease The health protection agencies have done a lot of work on this issue for many years and developed a useful guidance which is available online This website provides practical guidance and resources to assess and manage a wide range of migrant health issues Environmental inequalities A clean and healthy environment is a vital component of public health This is particularly so for children While our environment is much healthier than in previous generations and continues to improve environmental quality varies between different areas and communities and there is an emerging research base describing the scale and range of environmental inequality in the UK There is an unquestionable link between deprivation and ill health The PHA has a major role of assessing the potential public health impacts of those processes applying for authorisation under the Integrated Pollution Prevention Control IPPC regime Understanding the distribution of social factors such as deprivation in communities local to these processes is an important factor in making these assessments especially with regards to identification of high risk population eg children The health protection service s aim is to

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/directorate-public-health/health-protection/health-protection-improvement-and-inequalities (2016-02-11)
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  • Immunisation/vaccine preventable diseases | HSC Public Health Agency
    the highest uptake in the UK The areas covered by the vaccination team include childhood vaccines influenza vaccines travel vaccines occupational health vaccines and the surveillance and control of vaccine preventable diseases Key areas of ongoing work Maintaining and improving high uptake of the childhood vaccines particularly targeting areas groups with comparatively low uptake Training of health professionals and students in vaccination programmes Introducing new vaccine programme updates Managing the flu vaccine programme to achieve target uptake rates Building on recently introduced HPV vaccine programme Screening health care workers for measles immunity and vaccinating those not immune Providing advice to Health professionals through the duty room Responding to cases of vaccine preventable diseases Immunisation training The latest immunisation training information can be found here Immunisation training Update July August 2015 pdf Key links Measles Meningococcal disease Pertussis Rubella Pneumococcal disease HIB Influenza Health professionals General public General vaccination Green Book Travel vaccines sites NaTHNaC Travax Other Resources Immunisation leaflets Northern Ireland Vaccination surveillance data NOIDS surveillance data Print Facebook Twitter Health Protection News Publications Courses and conferences Adverse weather Antibiotic Awareness Blood borne viruses and STIs Ebola E coli O157 Emergency preparedness environmental hazards Gastrointestinal infections Holiday travel advice Healthcare

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/directorate-public-health/health-protection/immunisationvaccine-preventable-diseases (2016-02-11)
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  • Respiratory diseases | HSC Public Health Agency
    Antibiotic Awareness Blood borne viruses and STIs Ebola E coli O157 Emergency preparedness environmental hazards Gastrointestinal infections Holiday travel advice Healthcare associated infections antimicrobial resistance Health protection improvement inequalities Immunisation vaccine preventable diseases Respiratory diseases Tuberculosis TB Influenza Legionellosis Surveillance data Zoonoses Site menu Home About Directorates News Publications Contracts Consultations Webcasts Links Contact Legal information Freedom of Information Cookies Privacy Policy Terms of use and disclaimer Our websites www

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/directorate-public-health/health-protection/respiratory-diseases (2016-02-11)
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  • Surveillance data | HSC Public Health Agency
    meningococcal disease tuberculosis and legionella The agency also operates an enhanced influenza surveillance system from October to April in collaboration with the Department of General Practice Queen s University Belfast Data Retrieval Project DRGP There are other national data collecting systems to which the agency has immediate access All of these are used for surveillance and data obtained through different systems are often complementary The PHA receives data from several sources primarily clinicians hospital laboratories consultants in communicable disease control and environmental health officers Northern Ireland is fortunate to have a tradition of voluntary central reporting of laboratory confirmed infections and the PHA acknowledges the contribution of laboratories and other organisations to regional surveillance of communicable disease The data listed is for a selection of infections Notifications of Infectious Diseases Group B Streptococcus Vaccination coverage Avian influenza Brucellosis Gastrointestinal infections Hepatitis Healthcare Associated Infections Meningococcal disease Respiratory infections Sexually transmitted infections Tuberculosis Seasonal Influenza Print Facebook Twitter Health Protection News Publications Courses and conferences Adverse weather Antibiotic Awareness Blood borne viruses and STIs Ebola E coli O157 Emergency preparedness environmental hazards Gastrointestinal infections Holiday travel advice Healthcare associated infections antimicrobial resistance Health protection improvement inequalities Immunisation vaccine preventable diseases Respiratory

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/directorate-public-health/health-protection/surveillance-data (2016-02-11)
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  • Zoonoses (Infections acquired from animals) | HSC Public Health Agency
    laboratory confirmed cases of zoonotic disease in humans in Northern Ireland can be viewed at NI Zoonoses website data xlsx England and Wales epidemiological data can be viewed at https www gov uk government collections zoonotic diseases zoonoses guidance data and analysis Table of Zoonotic Diseases and Organisms For further information on Zoonotic Diseases and Organisms click here Zoonoses acquired at work Many zoonotic infections may be contracted at work usually through direct contact with infected animals The true incidence of zoonoses acquired at work in the UK is unknown for most infections Specific regulations apply in the workplace to prevent control the spread of and report zoonotic infections These are detailed below Regulations applicable in the occupational setting 1 Control of Substances Hazardous to Health COSSH 2002 Micro organisms which are hazardous to human health are included as substances hazardous to health in these regulations As potentially zoonotic pathogens may be present wherever there are animals an assessment of the hazard and its associated risk must be undertaken in such situations and appropriate controls put in place Detailed advice on this process is available from the HSE http www hse gov uk risk fivesteps htm 2 Reporting of Injuries diseases and dangerous occurrences RIDDOR 1985 www hse gov uk riddor riddor htm Reporting accidents and ill health at work is a legal requirement and included under the legislation are occupationally acquired zoonoses Occupational settings A wide variety of occupations and premises exist where contact with animals or their products may occur These include professions such as abattoir workers farmers and farm workers and forestry workers Links For further information on Zoonoses see Public Health England http www hse gov uk risk controlling risks htm Department of Department of Agriculture and Rural Development http www dardni gov uk zoonotic diseases

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/directorate-public-health/health-protection/zoonoses-infections-acquired-animals (2016-02-11)
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  • Healthy breaks for pre-school children poster (English and Irish translation) | HSC Public Health Agency
    Downloads Preview Attachment Size Healthy Breaks for Pre School Children A3 IR LR 07 15 pdf 432 05 KB Healthy Breaks for Pre School A3 Poster LR 07 15 pdf 428 54 KB Print Facebook Twitter Site menu Home About Directorates News Publications Contracts Consultations Webcasts Links Contact Legal information Freedom of Information Cookies Privacy Policy Terms of use and disclaimer Our websites www aaascreening info www becancerawareni info www

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  • Healthy breaks for pre-school children leaflet (English and Irish translation) | HSC Public Health Agency
    Healthy Breaks for Pre School A5 Leaflet LR 07 15 pdf 484 25 KB Healthy Breaks for Pre School Children A5 IR LR 07 15 pdf 480 96 KB Print Facebook Twitter Site menu Home About Directorates News Publications Contracts Consultations Webcasts Links Contact Legal information Freedom of Information Cookies Privacy Policy Terms of use and disclaimer Our websites www aaascreening info www becancerawareni info www breastfedbabies org www cancerscreening

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