Infection control - how are we doing?

Infection control

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is committed to preventing healthcare associated infections (HCAIs), including MRSA and Clostridium difficile. Patient safety is our number one clinical priority and there is a highly active Trust-wide infection prevention and control programme aimed at reducing infections and minimizing risk.

The Trust has robust protocols for tackling MRSA which are based on national guidelines for MRSA prevention and control. A crucial part of our MRSA control measures involves screening patients for MRSA. In line with recent national guidance, the Trust is now screening all elective (planned) adult admissions and certain categories of day-case attendees. A large number of emergency admissions are already screened but the programme will soon be expanded to include all adult emergency admissions.

Incidences of infection from MRSA and Clostridium difficile (C diff) for the reporting year April 2012 to March 2013

Cases in last month: 0
Cases in the year so far: 0
Annual target: 0

Clostridium difficile
Cases in the last month: 4
Cases in the year so far: 25
Annual target: 36

Compliance with our MRSA screening protocols is monitored at our weekly infection control operational meetings, supported by a detailed audit programme. Through this process we are able to offer significant assurance that compliance with our MRSA screening protocol is extremely good and continually improving.

Hand Hygiene

Hands are a carrier for micro-organisms that cause infections. Staff have greatest chance of transferring these micro-organisms as they transfer between patients, or different care activities for the same patient. Hand hygiene is considered to be the most important factor in the prevention of Healthcare Associated Infections.

Audit of hand hygiene observation

Hand Hygiene
Trust achievement last month: 98.29%
Trust target: 100%

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