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An evaluation report on the Sage two percent chlorhexidine gluconate cloth is now available to assist NHS Trusts to make informed decisions in order to reduce healthcare associated infections (HCAI).
The evaluation was conducted in seven showcase hospitals across England who were part of the HCAI Technology Innovation programme. The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, The Lewisham Hospital NHS Trust, Mid-Essex Hospitals NHS Trust and Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust all participated in the evaluation.
A range of technologies have been evaluated at showcase hospitals in order to help NHS decision makers and budget holders to target their infection control investments and select effective technologies.
The Department of Health set up a Rapid Review Panel (RRP) to assess new and novel technologies and consider their potential for reducing hospital infections. The Sage two per cent chlorhexidine gluconate cloth received an RRP1 recommendation (‘basic research and development, validation and in-use evaluations have shown benefits that should be available to NHS bodies’) as part of its panel assessment.