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Ashford celebrates one year MRSA free

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Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has reported 365 days without a hospital acquired MRSA bacteraemia at the trust – one of only 11 in England to do so.

The trust said it was a “significant achievement” and demonstrated commitment to first-class infection control and the “hard work put in by staff at all levels”.

Chief nurse Suzanne Rankin said: “We are delighted that we have just recorded one whole year without a hospital acquired MRSA case, which is a fantastic achievement.

“Of course we can’t afford to be complacent and we will ensure our efforts to maintain this fantastic record continue.”

The trust’s target for MRSA cases for 2011-12 is no more than four cases.

It said it has undertaken a number of actions to reinforce its infection control protocols, including:

  • Regular review of antibiotic protocols, dosing and timings to help prevent infections after surgery
  • Further reinforcement of the importance of hand hygiene and its overall hygiene code (including bare below the elbow) and 6 monthly hand hygiene roadshows
  • Updating the trust’s policy for taking blood cultures, ensuring all requests are signed off by a consultant or registrar and that no member of staff, under any circumstance, is allowed to take a blood culture unless they have successfully completed specific training
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  • Andrew Kingsley

    Well done Ashford and St Peter's on your bacteraemia reduction - however Nursing Times Net your headline is misleading - have you thought how it would feel for a patient who had acquired MRSA colonisation or a non-bacteraemic infection at the hospital in the last year to read this headline - it might even end up being cited in a complaint against the same hospital you are rightly praising - if they were truly MRSA free it would mean that there had been no new colonisations and no hospital-acquired infections in the period - I would urge you to a little reflection on your phrasing of headlines to prevent any misconceptions, as my experience is that many patients quite understandably do not really understand the details of MRSA and plenty of senior managers and Trust Boards do not get past headlines and targets

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