Posted on Friday 4th May 2012
North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is one of only four acute hospital providers in the North West not to have had a single case of hospital-acquired MRSA in the last financial year.
In fact, the last time the Trust reported a case of hospital-acquired MRSA was in May 2010 – almost two years ago - which now makes the Trust one of the best performing in providing outstanding infection control and prevention at Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.
Chris Platton, Acting Director of Nursing, said: “We know this is important to our patients. Our clinical staff should be congratulated for the year-on-year significant reduction in infection rates.”
The hospitals have dedicated infection prevention teams who have introduced a range of measures across all wards and departments including regular audits; carrying out education and training; introducing hand hygiene measures and all clinical staff are now “bare below the elbow.”
“We must also thank our community which has been working hard with us to ensure they do use the hand-gels when they come onto wards and are mindful of our infection prevention requests such as not sitting on patients’ beds or coming to visit when they are ill themselves,” added Chris.
Dr Clive Graham, Consultant Microbiologist and Clinical Lead for Support Services, for North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The reduction in infection rates across the hospitals is due to the hard work and determination of not only the infection prevention and control teams but also to every member of staff who has made infection prevention their highest priority at all times.
“Specific steps that have been taken to address this have included ensuring that cleanliness is to the highest standards, promoting hand hygiene and ensuring that antibiotics are being used prudently. Reducing infection rates to such a degree should reassure our patients and it will remain our number one priority.”