Bugs meet their match

PUBLISHED: 12:23 29 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:17 26 October 2009

By Simon Wesson SUPERBUGS at our hospitals have dramatically decreased. Overall there were 37 per cent fewer cases of C-diff and 30 per cent fewer MRSA blood infections in the nine months to December 2007 than in the same period in 2006. The improvement i

By Simon Wesson

SUPERBUGS at our hospitals have dramatically decreased.

Overall there were 37 per cent fewer cases of C-diff and 30 per cent fewer MRSA blood infections in the nine months to December 2007 than in the same period in 2006.

The improvement in East and North Herts NHS Trust's performance follows a series of important initiatives.

These include insisting on high levels of hand hygiene both for staff and visitors, and creating two specialist isolation wards, one each at WGC's QE2 and Stevenage's Lister hospitals.

Trust chief executive Nick Carver said: "Our staff have done a really great job in helping us to get infection rates down.

"The drop in C-diff cases is particularly welcome for two reasons - monthly rates have dropped at exactly the time of year that history tells us we should have seen a seasonal rise during the winter months.

"This has happened this year and our rates overall are falling.

"This is great news."

Mr Carver added: "Over the last few years, our average MRSA blood infection rates dropped, but then flattened out.

"In the nine months to December 2007, we have seen a real and sustained drop in the number of such infections.

"But we're not there yet - while no more than three to four cases happen every month at the moment, our next push is to halve this rate over the next few months.

"It's a big challenge, but we need to remember how much improvement there has been already - we just need to redouble our efforts and make that next step.

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