Infection rates

Our infection rates are steadily improving year-on-year, thanks to the efforts of our dedicated infection prevention control team, our staff and our patients and visitors.

Each year the Department of Health sets us targets to achieve in terms of our MRSA and C.diff rates.

MRSA

MRSA is an abbreviation that stands for the bacteria (germ) meticillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus. You can read about preventing MRSA on the NHS Choices website.

C.diff

Clostridium difficile, or C.diff, is a bacteria that can cause diarrhoea in some circumstances. You can read about preventing C.diff on the NHS Choices website.

C.diff

Our target for 2017/18 is to achieve a level of no more than 30 cases of hospital acquired C. Diff.
Our performance this financial year:

Previous performance:

2016/17: 4 cases of hospital acquired c.diff against a target of no more than 21
2015/16: 10 cases of hospital acquired c.diff against a target of no more than 21
2014/15: 20 cases of hospital acquired c.diff against a target of no more than 33
2013/14: 24 cases of hospital acquired c.diff against a target of no more than 30
2012/13: 37 cases of hospital acquired c.diff against a target of no more than 34
2011/12: 41 cases of hospital acquired c.diff against a target of no more than 34
2010/11: 43 cases of hospital acquired c.diff against a target of no more than 161.

MRSA

Our target for 2017/18 is to achieve a level of no more than zero MRSA Bacteraemias developing after 48 hours into the inpatient stay (hospital acquired).

Previous performance:

2016/17: Three cases of hospital acquired MRSA bacteraemia (post 48 hours) against a target of zero
2015/16: Zero cases of hospital acquired MRSA bacteraemia (post 48 hours) against a target of zero
2014/15: One case of hospital acquired MRSA bacteraemia (post 48 hours) against a target of zero
2013/14: five cases of hospital acquired MRSA bacteraemia (post 48 hours) against a target of zero*
2012/13: two cases of hospital acquired MRSA bacteraemia (post 48 hours) against a target of four
2011/12: four cases of hospital acquired MRSA bacteraemia (post 48 hours) against a target of four
2010/11: eight cases of hospital acquired MRSA bacteraemia (post 48 hours) against a target of seven.

* After reporting five MRSA bacteraemia cases we carried out extensive root cause analysis and found that only two of these were potentially avoidable.