Hospital infection

Latest hospital infection figures and historic information.
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Hospital infection


We understand that many patients are concerned about hospital acquired infections such as MRSA and C-difficile (C.diff) when they come into hospital.

At Warrington and Halton hospitals, infection control is one of our key priorities and the numbers of infections at our hospitals has reduced by over 90% in the last three years. Last year we had the lowest rate of infections per hospital bed day amongst hospital of our kind in the North West region.

We publish our infection figures each month at our trust board meeting.


Latest information

MRSA rates - latest information

So far this year (since April 2019) there have been 0 cases of hospital onset MRSA bloodstream infection. Our target for the year was to have 0 avoidable cases.

 

Organisation Name

Code

2006/07

2007/08

2008/09

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

WARRINGTON AND HALTON HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

RWW

24

11

9

4

6

5

1

3

3

2

0

1

2

 

Patients coming for planned surgery across both of the hospitals are screened in advance to see if they carry MRSA on the skin. Around 3 in 100 people carry MRSA in this way. By identifying this in advance we can take steps to minimise the chances of it causing problems if you are having surgery.

Clostridium difficile - latest information

Clostridium difficile (C.diff) is a more common infection that is primarily caused by use of antibiotics which, whilst treating the condition they are prescribed for, can upset the balance of this bacterium in the bowels. It can be treated and we have a specialist cohort ward at Warrington Hospital providing care to patients with infection of this kind where they receive the expert nursing, pharmacy and dietary support they require to help them recover.

So far this year (since April 2019) there have been 2 cases of hospital onset C. difficile. Our nationally set threshold is to have no more than 44 cases over the financial year. All C. difficile cases are reviewed by the Clinical Commissioning Group and learning from these cases is shared to support care improvements.

 

Organisation Name

Code

2007/08

2008/09

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

WARRINGTON AND HALTON HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

RWW

393

116

114

65

38

19

31

31

33

24

24

27

 

 

E.coli bloodstream infections

4 cases of E. coli bloodstream infection were reported in April 2019. There is a Department of Health ambition to reduce cases of this infection. The Trust board in partnership with staff and Governors has set an improvement priority to reduce Gram Negative Bloodstream Infections (GNBSI) by 5% in 2019/20.

Organisation Name

Code

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

WARRINGTON AND HALTON HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

RWW

37

58

45

30

27

31

36

49

 


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