Hospital falls short of superbug target

First published in News

THE Royal Bolton Hospital is still failing to meet its target for controlling superbug infections.

A panel set up to review every case of clostridium difficile (C difficile) at the hospital has found that the majority were “unavoidable”.

Acting chief executive Dr Jackie Bene, speaking at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust’s council of governors meeting, said: “We have a cleaning programme addressing C difficile and we are doing everything we should be, but we are seeing cases increase.

“Other organisations are suffering with C difficile and 12 trusts across the North West have breached their target.

“We are seeing a lot of C difficile in the community.”

Specific figures for the number of infections were not given at the meeting.

Now cases are being analysed by staff at the hospital so medics, including GPs and community health workers as well as staff at the hospital, can understand the issue. Bosses say work is being carried out to minimise the risk of patients having C difficile, including reviewing antibiotic prescriptions across Bolton to make sure policies are consistent.

Staff are also sharing infection prevention and control messages with patients, visitors and employees.

Health protection specialist Graham Munslow agreed that C difficile, which can cause severe diarrhoea, was a region-wide problem.

He said: “Where there are areas of deprivation, there are high numbers of people going to their GP and high use of antibiotics.

“Antibiotics are frequently necessary to treat infection but can result in higher incidence of C difficile.” Bolton NHS Foundation Trust could be fined as much as £4.5 million for failing to keep the infections below planned levels.

But Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group, which will issue the fine, has said it will impose a maximum of £2.7 million.

The fine is a national requirement and will be implemented at the end of the financial year.

Cllr Andy Morgan, who sits on Bolton Council’s health, overview and scrutiny committee, said: “I am not surprised the hospital is failing to reach the target for C difficile but they have obviously made massive strides to get it under control.”

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9:07am Mon 14 Jan 13

Harry-Joe says...

Not to worry, i'm sure they will do better once they have got rid of half there staff in the cuts, eh
Not to worry, i'm sure they will do better once they have got rid of half there staff in the cuts, eh Harry-Joe
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10:08am Mon 14 Jan 13

oftbewildered2 says...

this is not necessarily a hospital acquired infection - it reads from the write-up that it is acquired (and probably carried) by ordinary people in the community initially, then either develops or is brought in to the hospital by patients and visitors. That is the easy bit - the hard bit is to stop it spreading; how is it carried? How is it spread? First of course we must USE handwash gels (and use them between the fingers as well) where they are provided. Staff must stop wearing uniforms out of workplace, cleaners must learn to raise beds before mopping under them (have seen dirty mop handles brushing up against bedsheets etc. - this spreads infection). I am now going to look up to see how it is spread as I am no expert, and what I have written is purely my own thoughts on the matter.
this is not necessarily a hospital acquired infection - it reads from the write-up that it is acquired (and probably carried) by ordinary people in the community initially, then either develops or is brought in to the hospital by patients and visitors. That is the easy bit - the hard bit is to stop it spreading; how is it carried? How is it spread? First of course we must USE handwash gels (and use them between the fingers as well) where they are provided. Staff must stop wearing uniforms out of workplace, cleaners must learn to raise beds before mopping under them (have seen dirty mop handles brushing up against bedsheets etc. - this spreads infection). I am now going to look up to see how it is spread as I am no expert, and what I have written is purely my own thoughts on the matter. oftbewildered2
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4:58pm Mon 14 Jan 13

BIG ERN says...

It has nothing to do with staff in their uniform and more to do with visitors and capable patients being dirty buggers and not washing their hands after using the bathroom. Staff can only do so much on top of other duties. Visitors and patients who are capable of tending to their self care, should actually take responsibility for their own hygeine. As usual,another hospital bashing report from the BN.
It has nothing to do with staff in their uniform and more to do with visitors and capable patients being dirty buggers and not washing their hands after using the bathroom. Staff can only do so much on top of other duties. Visitors and patients who are capable of tending to their self care, should actually take responsibility for their own hygeine. As usual,another hospital bashing report from the BN. BIG ERN
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9:38am Wed 16 Jan 13

Ocean 1 says...

I agree with Big Ern, visitors walk on with children and not use hand gel, and when challenged they go mad at you, it should be zero visiting until it has been cleared. You would see the numbers drop dramatically.
I agree with Big Ern, visitors walk on with children and not use hand gel, and when challenged they go mad at you, it should be zero visiting until it has been cleared. You would see the numbers drop dramatically. Ocean 1
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