Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Welsh to expand C. diff monitoring range

  • Comment
Data on everyone aged two or above with a confirmed case of Clostridium difficile infection in Wales is to be published from September.

Until now, only those aged 65 and over were published but this is now set to change in line with England, which has been publishing the data on everyone infected over the age of two from April 2007 onwards.

Scotland only publishes data on those aged 65 and over and is unlikely to change in the near future. Northern Ireland is the same.

To improve consistency, the Welsh Assembly is also bringing in a new protocol for testing for the infection. The plans follow advice from the Welsh Healthcare Associated Infection team at the National Public Health Service for Wales.

The first figures will include all patients confirmed with C. difficile between January and June 2008.

Chief Medical Officer for Wales Dr Tony Jewell said: ‘Due to concerns about the increased rate of C.difficile in the over two age group in England, the Assembly Government asked the Welsh Healthcare Associated Infection team to look at how data can be published in Wales for surveillance and benchmarking.

‘The protocol will enable us to compare data more effectively. We will also be looking at publishing information on the severity of the infection for the patient.’

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs