Hospital bosses hail infection rate fall after hygiene campaign

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HEALTH bosses say a big hygiene campaign has helped dramatically cut infection rates at Lincolnshire hospitals in the past five years.

Figures show that the number of cases of MRSA bacteraemia in hospitals run by United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust reduced by 50 per cent in the last year to just four cases, one of which was at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital.

Over the last five years, the number of MRSA cases has been cut by 92 per cent from 48 to four and the number of Clostridium difficile cases has dropped by 66 per cent from 218 to 74.

Last year there were 28 cases of Clostridium difficile at the Pilgrim.

The trust said the drop in infections reflects on a big effort with deep cleans, staff dedication and patients and visitors who have done their bit to keep their hands clean.

Margaret Fairless-Clarkson, Nurse Manager Infection Prevention and Control, said: “The reductions we have seen have been very impressive and I am proud of all our staff, patients and visitors who have helped to ensure that we keep our rates of infections as low as possible.

“We will continue working towards zero avoidable infections within ULHT.”