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

Following Public Health England changes to the apportionment and targets for C. difficile, our target for 2019/20 is to achieve a level of no more than 36 cases of healthcare associated C. difficile.

Healthcare Associated Cases are:-

  • cases that have been detected when the patient has been in the hospital for two or more days
  • cases that occur in the community (or within two days of admission) when the patient has been an inpatient in the trust within the previous four weeks.

All cases are investigated and a post investigation review (PIR) is undertaken to identify any lapses in care or practice and any lessons to be learnt.

Previous targets: From April 2015 to March 2019 the targets have been based on the number of cases where the case was detected in the hospital three or more days after admission and where there was a lapse in care or practice.

Lapses in Care: Lapses in care or practice may be identified when national or local guidance or policies have not been fully adhered to.

Previous performance:

 MRSA

Our target for 2019/20 is to achieve no cases of MRSA avoidable blood stream infections (bacteraemia).

Targets: Number of hospital acquired MRSA bacteraemia cases as apportioned by Public Health England. All cases are investigated and a post investigation review (PIR) is undertaken to identify any lapses in care and any lessons to be learnt.