KETTERING General turns poor infection control rates around


KETTERING General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has completely turned its infection rates around, going from the worst in the country in 2006 to one of the best in the past year. The hospital is now one of just 25 trusts to have no recorded cases of MRSA between June 2010/11, and it recorded just 55 cases of C. diff compared to 185 in 2007. Pam Howe, the trust's lead nurse for infection prevention and control, said: "This is a tribute to the enormous amount of work staff have put into infection prevention and control." Liz Libiszewski, director of nursing and quality, added: "I want to say a big thank you to all the staff for this significant achievement. Also thank you to all the patients and relatives who have helped by remembering to do important things like washing their hands."

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Washing hands is a simple and effective way of reducing infections, yet it can sometimes be forgotten. Good hand hygiene is fundamental in preventing the spread both in health care environments and at home