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Infection Prevention

There is no doubt that one of the most worrying issues for hospital patients and their relatives today is infection.

Infection prevention is a top priority for everyone here and our Trust is confident that together - staff, patients and visitors - we can “beat the bugs”.  

Widespread activity is taking place across all our hospitals to reduce infections and make the environment in wards and clinics as safe as possible for our patients.

We are one of the top NHS Trusts in the East of England when it comes to Infection Prevention, and our aim is to make our hospitals even cleaner places for our staff, patients and visitors

The team provide daily advice and training for staff at MEHT and also offer advice to patients and their relatives. Infection control involvement is required with designers, architects, engineers, facilities managers and planners, which helps to ensure that infection control needs have been included within the cleaning, catering and laundry services.

The Infection control team's responsibility is to reduce the risk of infection for all patients, staff and visitors to the Trust. This is achieved through the provision of education to all staff groups whilst ensuring appropriate evidence based policies and systems are in place. These policies and systems are audited to help inform and improve practice where required, whilst commending and sharing good practice.

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Infection Prevention Lead’s Annual Statement

"The Trust has been recently inspected by NHS Improvement and is proud to have been rated ‘Green’ for Infection Prevention practice and Cleanliness.

We continually strive to keep patients, visitors and staff safe from the risk of infection".

Healthcare acquired infections at Mid Essex Hospitals 2008 – 2017

The Trust continues to strive to reduce healthcare acquired infections.

Eliminating healthcare acquired infections, such as MRSA bacteraemia and Clostridium difficile remains a top priority for the Trust.  The Trust compares well with other acute trusts in the East of England and although a slight increase in some healthcare associated infections has been seen, these have each been rigorously investigated and many have been shown to be unavoidable.

Where our investigations have found an aspect of care where improvements could be made, the Trust strives to learn and change what we do in order to prevent infections in the future.

MRSA bacteraemia       

  • 2008/09 - 3 against a ceiling of 12
  • 2009/10 - 2 against a ceiling of 1
  • 2010/11 - 4 against a ceiling of 12
  • 2011/12 - 0 against a ceiling of 1
  • 2012/13 - 1 against a ceiling of 1
  • 2013/14 – 3 against a ceiling of 0
  • 2014/15 – 3 against a ceiling of 0
  • 2015/16 – 3 against a ceiling of 0
  • 2016/17 – 3 against a ceiling of 0

Clostridium difficile       

  • 2008/09 - 26 against a ceiling of 84
  • 2009/10 - 31 against a ceiling of 84
  • 2010/11 - 27 against a ceiling of 35
  • 2011/12 - 20 against a ceiling of 22
  • 2012/13 - 14 against a ceiling of 22 
  • 2013/14 – 14 against a ceiling of 12
  • 2014/15 – 16 against a ceiling of 13
  • 2015/16 – 20 against a ceiling of 13
  • 2016/17 – 35 against a ceiling of 13