HOSPITAL chiefs have praised the work being done to reduce the number of superbug cases.
In the month of June, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust recorded no cases of patients contracting MRSA or MSSA while in their hospitals’ care, while there was just two cases of trust-attributed E coli and one case of C-Difficile.
The trust manages the University Hospital of Hartlepool, in Holdforth Road, and the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.
C-Difficile is particularly dangerous to the elderly and people with underlying health problems and is resistant to medication.
It causes diarrhoea and inflammation of the bowel, which can be life-threatening.
The figures were presented at a meeting of the board of directors.
Cath Siddle, the trust’s director of nursing, patient safety and quality, said: “This means the trust is within trajectory for both MRSA bacteraemia and C-Difficile which is a very positive position for the end of quarter and for C-difficile represents an 80 per cent improvement on the same period in the previous year.
“The leadership across the trust has contributed to these achievements which was the basis for a submission to the Nursing Times Awards and the trust has been shortlisted for the Infection Control Award and will make a presentation to the judging panel in September.”
The trust target for C-Diff cases in the whole of 2014-15 is 40.
Health chiefs said hand hygiene compliance continues to be monitored monthly by the Infection, Prevention and Control team.
Welcoming the results, trust chairman Paul Garvin, said: “We are well within our projections.
“This is a very positive story and it reflects the hard work across the whole of the trust.
“It is only two years ago that this was a significant problem.” A trust report said it is now 570 days since a patient contracted superbug MRSA in a hospital setting.