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March 1, 2012

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT) is proud to announce that it has achieved a two year period free from MRSA bacteraemia (bloodstream infections) cases.

The Trust, which manages Leighton Hospital in Crewe, Victoria Infirmary in Northwich and Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre in Winsford, reached the landmark in mid-February 2012. The Trust’s success in reducing HCAIs (healthcare-associated infections) is a direct result of on-going infection prevention and control measures, supported by committed staff and continuous hard work.

In addition to MRSA bacteraemia rates, the number of Clostridium difficile infections (Cdiff) has also dropped dramatically, with a reduction of 69% reported so far this financial year.

Karen Egan, Associate Director for Infection Prevention and Control, said: “We are extremely pleased with our recent infection successes, and hope that our patients, visitors and local community will be reassured by this significant achievement. We were nationally acknowledged last year as one of the best performing Trusts in the country for our MRSA bacteraemia rates. This year our Cdiff reduction is also one of the best in the North West region for acute trusts.

“Over the past two years, a number of measures have been strengthened and new initiatives introduced, designed to ensure effective infection prevention. This has included increased targeted cleaning, the isolation of more patients with potential infections, a comprehensive audit and training programme and constant focus on hand hygiene and sterile procedures. We aim to continue and develop these preventative strategies over the next 12 months and beyond to further improve our patient safety and quality of care.”

Julie Smith, Director of Nursing and Quality, added: “We are very proud of our infection prevention accomplishments, and it has been the result of a dedicated team effort across the whole organisation. Infection prevention and control remains high on the Trust’s agenda and we are committed to continually improving the care of our patients.

“However, infection rates will only continue to reduce if patients and visitors support our prevention measures. Effective hand hygiene is an essential part of the fight against infection, both in hospital and at home. By ensuring that visitors wash or gel their hands before and after each visit, infection spread is reduced significantly.

“In addition, relatives and visitors should not visit patients if they themselves have recently felt unwell, particularly if they have diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting, or any other illness that could be easily transmitted to others."