Hospital superbug levels plummet

PUBLISHED: 06:57 30 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:00 26 October 2009

Chief executive Nick Carver

Chief executive Nick Carver

SUPERBUG infection rates at our hospitals have nosedived in the past year, latest statistics reveal. During 2008 the three hospitals run by the East and North Herts NHS Trust, which includes the QE2 in WGC, recorded 20 cases of MRSA. This compares to 42 i

SUPERBUG infection rates at our hospitals have nosedived in the past year, latest statistics reveal.

During 2008 the three hospitals run by the East and North Herts NHS Trust, which includes the QE2 in WGC, recorded 20 cases of MRSA.

This compares to 42 in the previous 12 months - more than double.

And the number of infections caused by the C.diff bug fell by a massive 65 per cent - down from 475 to just 165 cases throughout the year.

Chief executive Nick Carver called the news "welcome progress", and said the trust was now on track to beat stringent reduction targets laid down by the Health Protection Agency.

He said: "What these facts and figures show is that rates of infection within our hospitals, which have been falling consistently for some time now, are in pretty rapid decline.

"Today, the chances of acquiring an infection at our hospitals from bacteria like MRSA and C.diff - which was already quite low to start with - is now a risk that is receding fast."

Mr Carver added a wide range of initiatives, such as hand-washing facilities at bedsides and a rolling deep cleaning programme, had helped drive down infection rates.

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