Clean Your Hands Week

30/04/12

During Clean Your Hands Week  our Infection Control Team is highlighting our success in cutting the numbers of hospital- acquired infection rates over the last few years.

In 2006/7 we reported 37 post-48 hour MRSA bacteraemias, but last year (2011/12) we reduced this to three cases.

In 2007/8 we reported 426 post 48 hour C-difficile episodes, compared to 92 last year.

Director of Infection Prevention and Control (DIPC) Maggie Arnold believes the result could not have been achieved without the support of staff across the Trust but is not complacent:

“Thank you and congratulations to everyone involved in reducing the rates of infection in our hospitals. It has been a combined team effort and I would like to thank you for your hard work and your continued support to promote hand hygiene and improve patient safety.

“This year we aim to meet the even greater challenge of cutting c-diff cases further, with a target of 72 cases and MRSA of 1 case this year .

“We will be following up on hand hygiene audits, improving antibiotic prescribing and continuing to learn from each case. With your help we can meet this target and further improve patient care”.

Clean Your Hands Week 2012 runs from Monday 30th April to Friday 4th May.