Leeds Hospital becomes the only provider in Yorkshire to achieve international aseptic technique accreditation.
Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital is just one of a handful of hospitals in the country to achieve silver accreditation for Aseptic Non Touch Technique (ANTT®) from The Association for Safe Aseptic Practice (ASAP).
According to ASAP, Aseptic technique is a term that is often used, but equally often misunderstood. Historically, because it has become quite a generic term, its teaching and applications have been a significant source of confusion and ambiguity. Aseptic Non Touch Technique (ANTT®) on the other hand, is a contemporary and accurate descriptive standard for clinical practice, that provides a simple, efficient and safe universal approach to patient care. Through a novel concept of Key-Part and Key-Site Protection healthcare workers are taught to identify and protect the most important and critical parts and sites of any clinical procedure that must be performed aseptically. In any environment, for any clinical procedure the goal is always ASEPSIS (the absence of harmful bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms that can cause an infection).
It is a regime which instils root and branch practices across a whole clinical organisation to further reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infection. It does this by providing guiding principles, clinical guidelines and frameworks for implementation, competency, compliance and good clinical governance.
Hospital Director, Maria Robinson adds: “It’s taken a year of sheer hard work but to have achieved this rare accreditation for our hospital - it has truly paid off. I am very proud of what Leianne and our clinical teams to have achieved, it’s another fine example of our commitment and care to our patients here at Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital - well done to all involved."
In addition to a silver ANTT accreditation, Nuffield Health Leeds Hospital is the only hospital in the region to be rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission.