Hospital infection rates at record low

Pictured at a handgel dispenser are, from the left, senior nurse Jean Robinson, consultant microbiologist Dr Isobel Burnett, domestic Beverley Montieth and senior nurse Christine Berry)
Pictured at a handgel dispenser are, from the left, senior nurse Jean Robinson, consultant microbiologist Dr Isobel Burnett, domestic Beverley Montieth and senior nurse Christine Berry)

INFECTION rates of MRSA and Clostridium difficile at Calderdale Royal Hosptial are at a record low.

The Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust has recorded 66 cases of C. difficile against a target of 151, for the year up to end of March.

There were also four cases of MRSA against a target of of five.

The falling figures come after an ongoing campaign at the trust for staff, patients and visitors.

Measures include taking 20 swab sambles a day on every ward from patients’ bedsides and widespread staff training.

There has also been stricter controls of prescribing and usage of antibiotics which are linked to some C. difficile cases.

The trust has been named one of eight showcase hospitals for dedication and success in infection prevention and control.

They trial all new products and working practices before they are expanded into other NHS trusts.

David Birkenhead, director of infection prevention and control, said: “These results reflect the determination and hard work shown by staff to reduce the rates of infection in the Trust.

“It has been ongoing for several years now and together with continuing help from patients and visitors it means we are delivering safer care in cleaner environments for our patients.”

Medical director Yvette Oade added: “This is great news but as we have consistently maintained every infection is one too many so the hard work continues.”

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