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University Hospitals Bristol Nhs Foundation Trust Response Hpa C Diff Figures

16 January 2009

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust is pleased that the figures show a reduction in the number of cases of clostridium difficile in our hospitals from 159 cases in April 2008 to 93 cases in September 2008. In the over 65 age group we have decreased cases by 38% and in the under 65 age group we have decreased cases by 48%.

This improvement is a direct result of the proactive measures we have taken to control the spread of infection. 

However, any C. diff infection is unacceptable to the Trust and we are working hard to minimize C. diff in all of our hospitals.

To do this, we have:

Recruited additional cleaning teams to carry out intensified cleaning of single rooms and whole wards together with carrying out a further deep clean of many wards at Bristol Royal Infirmary.
Implemented hydrogen peroxide vapour decontamination, which is the latest technology in deep cleaning. This process allows the cleaning of previously hard to reach areas and electronic equipment.
Put in place a team of specialist nurses and doctors to make sure that the small number of patients who get C. diff receive the best management and care.
Opened a specialist ward for patients with active C. diff disease to reduce the risk of the infection spreading.
Tightened up on antibiotic prescribing by stopping the use of those antibiotics most likely to increase the risk of C. diff and making sure they are not given for longer than is essential.

The Trust takes the management of infection control very seriously and will continue to take active steps to eradicate the opportunity for C. diff infection.