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Law to safeguard & strengthen agricultural industry receives Royal Assent
A new Welsh law to protect low paid agricultural workers and strengthen the agricultural industry has been granted Royal Assent by Her Majesty the Queen.
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- Food Hygiene Rating (Promotion of Food Hygiene Ratings) (Wales) Regulations
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- Amending the Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations 2009 to transpose Article 38 of the Offshore Safety Directive
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Section highlightThe Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill
The Bill aims to improve the Public Sector response in Wales to gender-based violence, domestic abuse and sexual violence.
Legislative programme 2013 - 2014 »
The First Minister detailed the 8 bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the 3rd year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightProject pipeline update - June 2014
Our pipeline provides visibility of infrastructure investment activity across Wales.
1st Supplementary Budget 2014-15 »
The 1st Supplementary Budget proposes a number of changes to the Final Budget for 2014-15, which was published in December 2013.Learn more »
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Community associated infections – a community strategy for Wales
Community-acquired infection is any infection that a patient has when they come into hospital or occurs within the first 48 hours of admission.
What does the term community-acquired infection mean?
If the infection occurred within 48 hours of admission it is assumed that the patient was already incubating the infection, which they picked up in the community prior to admission. The 48 hour cut-off is somewhat arbitrary as infections have variable incubation periods.
Nevertheless, some standard definition is useful when considering likely sources of infection and 48 hours has remained the standard for many years.
What are we doing about community associated infections?
We know that healthcare associated infections don’t just exist in our hospitals. The Welsh Government has therefore developed a strategy for the organisations providing healthcare in the community.
The strategy aims to identify the actions and measures required to prevent patients, residents and members of staff from acquiring infections as a result of receiving care in our community healthcare facilities. The strategy focuses on devising and implementing:
- National standards for the prevention and control of infection;
- Infrastructure and organisation;
- Training and education;
- Audit and surveillance;
- Interventions and development of performance indicators;
- Information technology and communication; and
- Occupational health.
For further information please contact: Health.Protection@Wales.gsi.gov.uk