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Trust Over 200 Days MRSA Free

Newsdate: 28th September 2010

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) is delighted to report that all its hospitals across the Trust have been free from any MRSA bacteraemia for over 200 days for the first time.
WWL has continued to make a year-on-year significant reduction of MRSA bacteraemia cases with rates dropping from 35 in the financial year 2006/07, 19 in 2007/08, 13 in 2008/09 and just five in 2009/10 and none so far in 2010/11.  These reductions in infection rates have resulted in the Trust improving the quality of care being given and have contributed to a steady improvement in mortality rates.

The Trust has been able to achieve this by running significant initiatives throughout the organisation and has been as the result of team working embedding these improvements. The Trust has continued to invest heavily in Infection Control and Domestic Services activities.

Some of these initiatives are the Trust’s own “Deep Clean, Keep Clean” programme, improved training for administering intravenous drips, the adoption of a new dress code for staff and looking at the whole patient journey from admittance to discharge of MRSA infected patients. This supports the already implemented Saving Lives, “clean-your-hands” Campaigns, with this years’ focus being on the “five moments for hand hygiene” which identifies specifically when hand hygiene should be undertaken with individual patients. It also underpins the Mandatory Annual Infection Control Programme.
Director of Infection Prevention and Control for the Trust, Gill Harris says: “We are really proud and absolutely delighted with these achievements and shows our continuing commitment and it is testimony to a tremendous amount of hard work and team working across the Trust by our staff. In fact, Wrightington Hospital, one of the country’s leading orthopaedic centres of excellence has now remained MRSA bacteraemia free for over seven years.”

Gill continues: “The investment in this area is ongoing. I would like to reiterate and commend the tremendous levels of commitment that all our staff have shown in responding to this challenge. Their efforts have delivered great results.”