The aim of the Saving Lives programme is to minimise the risk of infections in hospitals and care settings. The programme has seven high-impact interventions, known as care bundles, which relate to specific aspects of health care. These interventions focus on a specific element of a procedure and help improve the care provided to patients. The aim of the programme is to reduce the number of deaths and serious illness due to hospital-acquired infections by reducing the occurrence of these diseases.
In the 1840s, physicians began washing hands in chloroform solution between obstetric patients and delivering babies. This practice is now routine throughout hospital wards and helps lower the risk of infection. However, the medical industry was slow to accept the concept. Meanwhile, anesthetics changed the face of childbirth. In 1846, William Morton developed ether, which was used for surgery. In 1847, James Simpson introduced chloroform. Queen Victoria was the first to use chloroform in childbirth.
A more stringent handwashing routine has led to a reduction in the number of obstetric infection-causing bacteria. But before this widespread practice, doctors were not able to clean their hands thoroughly. As a result, women had to risk infection and sometimes died after childbirth. This was largely due to the lack of medical facilities. It was also common to put women to sleep during childbirth, but this did little to save the lives of the mothers and babies. In addition, a more sterile environment made it difficult for the hospital staff to clean their hands.
An antimicrobial-resistant germ is one of the major causes of death in hospitals. Infection-causing bacteria are so widespread that even a normal birth does not guarantee a full recovery. Infections can also affect health workers and patients. Using a simple handwashing routine will reduce the rate of infection. It is important to follow handwashing guidelines to prevent this from happening. You never know what kind of bacteria can enter a hospital.
Aside from antimicrobial stewardship, infection-control programs are also essential to improve patient outcomes and lower healthcare costs. Infection-control programs implement surveillance to identify outbreaks and identify patients with an infection-causing bacterium. It is important to keep a close eye on the infection-causing microbes to avoid the spread of it. If the disease can be prevented, it will save lives. A strong program will reduce the chances of it occurring.
Non-pharmaceutical measures can also be helpful. A patient can be encouraged to cover their mouth when coughing. Other non-pharmaceutical interventions include educating and training staff on hand hygiene. Infection-control programs should also be effective in reducing healthcare costs. Infection-control programs should also focus on employee health. It will also improve the overall patient experience in the hospital. It will also decrease the cost of healthcare.