Hospital celebrates being MRSA-free for one year

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WEST Suffolk Hospital has been congratulated for staying MRSA-free for more than a year.

New figures have revealed that the hospital has recorded no cases of the MRSA bloodstream infection since March 2010.

The trust is being commended for its good clinical practice which has resulted in a significant improvement in the fight against infections.

Six cases of hospital-acquired MRSA bacteraemia were recorded during 2009 and 2010.

Hospital staff have managed to keep the bug away by screening all hospital admissions and also by promoting good hand hygiene and the use of sterile ‘non touch’ techniques.

Nichole Day, executive chief nurse and infection control lead, said: “This is fantastic news for our patients and represents a significant achievement in our ongoing fight against infection.

“Despite this success, we will not be complacent as reducing health care associated infections remains our number one priority.

“We are determined to continue building on this record and keep any cases to an absolute minimum in future years.”

The hospital also recorded fewer cases of Clostridium Difficile this year, with only 37 cases during 2010 and 2011, down from 44 cases during 2009 and 2010.