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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 a core clinical priority; the Trust-wide infection prevention and control progrmme is aimed at reducing infections and minimising risk.  

In line with national guidance the Trust is screening all elective (planned) adult admissions and certain categories of daycase attendees and all emergency patients.

The Trust has policies describing how patients attending the hospital (either for a planned elective procedure or as an emergency admission) will be screened for MRSA.  Implementation of the policy is monitored through the Trust's Governance Framework.  Copies of these policies are available on request. 

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 daycase attendees.  All adult emergency admissions are screened.




Incidences of infection from MRSA and Clostridium difficile (C diff) for the reporting year April 2017 to March 2017

     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: 23
       Annual target: 48

Compliance with our MRSA screening protocols is monitored through our governance processes and supported by a detailed audit programme.  Through this process we are able to offer significant assureance that compliance with our MRSA screening protocol is extremely good and constantly reviewed.  

Hand hygiene

Hands are a carrier for micro-organisms that cause infections. Staff have greatest chance of transferring these micro-organisms as they move 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


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