Spire Bristol Hospital Remains MRSA and C.Diff-Free

9th May 2009

Zero cases of the two infections recorded since audits began two years ago

Spire Bristol Hospital has announced the results of its latest infections audit – revealing zero cases of MRSA and c.difficile over the past three months.

The latest figures mean there has not been a single case of bloodstream MRSA or clostridium difficile at the hospital since it began collecting relevant data two years ago.

The hospital, the largest independent hospital in the South West, has also revealed a zero infection rate for the norovirus over the same period.

Ultimate responsibility for ensuring Spire Bristol Hospital remains infection-free lies with its Matron, Louise Daniel, and infection prevention and control lead, Sue Lewis. 

 “We are very proud of the fact that, using the measure of 10,000 bed days, we have not had a single case of an MRSA bloodstream infection or a c.difficile infection in our hospital for the eighth successive quarter - and this has now become the principal reason why people choose our hospital for their treatment,” said Louise Daniel, who has worked at the hospital for 22 years.

“In 2007 we were chosen to take part in the World Health Organisation’s “Five Moments for Hand Hygiene” pilot scheme, and to date 94 per cent of our staff have been through the relevant training.

“This is the key to our track record on infections - education and training, and the degree of pride and diligence our cleaning staff take in their work.”

Hospital director Rob Anderson added that Louise Daniel had also been in charge of contingency planning for the recent swine flu outbreak.

“We employ our own cleaners and every day there is a schedule of clinical cleans throughout the hospital, with a duty manager checking each room to ensure it is free of dust etc. Meanwhile an external company comes in twice a year to carry out two deep cleans in all of our theatres.

“The same attention to preparedness applies to the recent pandemic flu episode – our Matron has headed up all policies and procedures so that all staff are fully prepared.”

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