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Br J Nurs. 2010 May 13-26;19(9):589-96.

Managing outbreaks of norovirus in an NHS hospital.

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University Hospital South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, UK.

Abstract

Noroviruses are highly infectious and easily transmitted by contact with contaminated surfaces and objects, as airborne particles and by contact between individuals. While illness caused by norovirus is usually self-limiting, it can be serious in very young and elderly people, or in those who are debilitated or have a serious illness; they may require hospital treatment. Norovirus outbreaks in hospitals create significant disruption to patient care. They also have huge cost implications for NHS trusts through staff absence and ward closures, which are extremely disruptive and increase pressures on bed demand. The three most important actions during an outbreak of norovirus are effective hand hygiene, isolation of affected patients and enhanced cleaning of the environment. This article outlines how to identify norovirus infection and outbreaks, and describes how an acute trust managed outbreaks of norovirus and the procedures it adopted.

PMID:
20505583
DOI:
10.12968/bjon.2010.19.9.48065
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