Staff at George Eliot Hospital are celebrating more success in their battle to eliminate hospital acquired infections. The Trust only recorded 10 mandatorily reportable Clostridium Difficile (C diff) infections in the 2013/14, 11 below its threshold of 21 and down from 16 in 2012/13.
The Trust’s zero tolerance of hospital acquired MRSA bloodstream bacteraemia infections also paid off. The financial year passed without a single case being recorded and it is more than 18 months since the last such infection was reported.
Director of Nursing, Dawn Wardell, has attributed the improvements of the past year to reinforcement of best practice in relation to infection prevention including good hand hygiene and appropriate use of antibiotics. “Infection prevention has been at the heart of everything we do at the Trust for many years and has now quite rightly become second nature to our staff. Despite this, it is important that we continue to celebrate our success and set ourselves even tougher targets for the future.
“The improvements over the past year have been excellent but they have are even more impressive considering just six years ago we reported 242 hospital acquired C diff infections and 15 hospital acquired MRSA bloodstream infections.
“We are also performing well compared to other Trust’s nationally. We fared well in a recent benchmarking exercise comparing our performance to 20 other high performing Trusts and Trusts of similar sizes. We were the fifth best performing out of the 20 Trusts.”
Targets for next year are likely to be tougher as the Trust will be set a C diff threshold of 9 and will be required to continue its zero tolerance of MRSA.