Gateshead winning infection battle

Posted on Thu, 25/10/2018

A local hospital is celebrating a significant landmark in the fight against infection after recording more than 1,000 days free from MRSA.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead reached this important milestone thanks a wide range of preventative measures and ongoing vigilance by NHS staff.

The Trust has now successfully reported zero Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) blood stream infections (BSI) for 1,000 days and continues as one of the highest performing trusts on blood stream infections in the North East.

The annual rate of MRSA BSI has reduced from 12.17 per 100K bed days to zero for the past three years and is a significant achievement in demonstrating high quality care.

Head of infection control Phil Pugh said: “Today, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital reached a successful Infection Prevention milestone for improving patient safety and provision of high quality patient care.

“Ensuring preventative measures and reducing infection is vitally important to the quality of patient care at Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust. We’re continuing to demonstrate 100% improvement and maintaining the national aspiration of preventing healthcare associated infection and improving patient safety.

“The infection prevention team would like to thank everyone for working together to provide high quality patient care and continuing to make Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust a safe place for all patients, staff and visitors.”

Pictured: Dr Glenda Horne, Consultant Clinical Microbiologist, Hilary Lloyd, director of nursing and Phil Pugh, head of infection control

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