Hospital acquired infections
Hospital acquired infections refer to incidences of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium Difficile (C difficile) that a patient has acquired during their time in hospital. We aim to have zero cases of MRSA and C difficile.
We are committed to reducing the levels of hospital acquired infections and have put in place a number of measures and initiatives to support this.
Reducing the rate of MRSA infections is a key national target and indicates the degree to which hospitals prevent the risk of infection by ensuring the cleanliness of their facilities and good infection control compliance by staff.
During 2015/16 we had seven cases of MRSA bacteraemia recorded against a zero tolerance standard. This is in line with our performance in previous years but we want this reduce this further. We will continue to strive to improve in this area and during 2016/17 as we continue to focus on keeping the risk of infections to a minimum.
There were a total of 139 cases of C difficile for 2015/16, against a trajectory of 119. This was an increase from 2014/15 levels, however it is in line with the overall national position. We have identified a greater proportion of the cases, in conjunction with our commissioners, as having no ‘lapse in care’ whilst in our care. A detailed infection prevention plan is in place to continue to support our aim to reduce the risk for our patients and staff.