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 MRSA symptoms on the NHS website

C.diff

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

C.diff

Our target for 2021/22 is to achieve a level of no more than 35 cases of hospital onset 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.

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 2021/22 is to achieve no cases of MRSA avoidable blood stream infections (bacteraemia).

Hospital onset MRSA bacteraemia cases are deemed to those where the specimen is taken after Day Two of admission. (Public Health England define day of admission as Day One). All cases are investigated and a post investigation review (PIR) is undertaken to identify any lapses in care and any lessons to be learnt.