A best practice scheme in hospitals across Scotland is reducing rates of infection and resulting in enhanced patient safety, the government said.

The Scottish Patient Safety Programme, which has been running for more than a year and a half, has decreased ventilator-acquired pneumonia cases, surgical errors and lengths of hospital stays, Herald Scotland reports.

NHS Forth Valley has reported no central line infections, one of the most common causes of infection in intensive care patients, since January 2008, the news agency reports.

Health boards across Scotland have implemented multi-disciplinary rounds where everyone involved in looking after a patient meets regularly to discuss treatment and set daily goals for patients’ care, the news service said.

The scheme aims to reduce adverse incidents in wards by 30% and hospital mortality rates by 15% over five years, the government said.