PERFORMANCE: A review of the George Eliot Hospital’s infection prevention strategy for 2010-11 has shown a 35 per cent reduction in the rates of Clostridium difficile associated diarrhoea and no reported infections of MRSA bacteraemia in 2010-11.

The infection prevention and control annual report was presented at the recent board of directors meeting and identified that 40 patients were reported with hospital acquired C difficile in 2010-11, compared with 62 in the previous year.

Director of Nursing and Quality, Dawn Wardell, said: “Only a few years ago it was not uncommon to identify a new case of hospital acquired C difficile every day, now we report fewer than one a week. 

“This demonstrates excellent progress and we are very proud to have achieved such a large reduction. Nevertheless, we continue to strive to meet our goal of ‘zero tolerance’ on infections, recognising that one hospital acquired infection is one too many.

In addition to the success in reducing MRSA and C difficile, a revised approach to containing outbreaks of the winter vomiting bug, norovirus, led to a reduction in outbreaks across the hospital despite a high prevalence in the community. Outbreaks during 2010-11 resulted in 16 complete or partial ward closures, down from 40 the previous year.