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PatientPak

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 28 January 2009, Official Report, column 627W, on PatientPak, (1) on how many occasions in the last 12 months NHS hospitals have provided in-patients with special soap and shampoo to prevent viral and bacterial infections; (255621)

(2) which proven antimicrobial formula is contained in the special soap and shampoo provided to in-patients by NHS hospitals to prevent viral and bacterial infections;

(3) under which circumstances NHS hospitals provide in-patients with special soap and shampoo to prevent viral and bacterial infections when such an infection (a) has and (b) has not been detected in a hospital.

The decision to provide patients with antimicrobial soap and shampoo is a local one based on local infection prevention and control policies.

Information on which products are used and how frequently is not collected centrally, however the antimicrobial compounds used in these products include chlorhexidine gluconate and triclosan as the active ingredients.