Infection rates continue to fall at Lincolnshire hospitals

INFECTION rates in county hospitals are falling and health bosses are claiming this is down to ‘people power’.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust says that hand hygiene and public awareness have helped to dramatically cut infection rates in Lincolnshire’s hospitals over the last five years.

New figures show that the number of cases of MRSA bacteraemia in hospitals run by the Trust reduced by more than 50 per cent in the last year to just four cases.

The number of cases of Clostridium difficile have also taken a big drop of more than 20 per cent in the year.

Over the last five years, the number of MRSA cases has been cut by 92 per cent and the number of Clostridium difficile cases has dropped by 66 per cent.

Margaret Fairless-Clarkson, nurse manager in charge of infection prevention and control, said: “We are are delighted with the continued reductions in healthcare associated infections across the Trust.

“This reflects the huge amount of work that has been done in the Trust’s hospitals in a bid to reduce the number of infections suffered by patients to the minimum possible.

“Initiatives including deep cleans, staff dedication to infection prevention and control and reducing the levels of antibiotic prescribing have made the reductions possible.

“It is also thanks to patients, visitors and staff who have taken the hand hygiene message to heart and ensured that their hands are kept clean at all times.”

She added: “The reductions we have seen have been very impressive and I am proud of all our staff, patients and visitors who have helped to ensure that we keep our rates of infections as low as possible,

“We will continue working towards zero avoidable infections within our hospitals.”