Prevention and Control Team for the Primary Care Trust are based at
West Park Hospital. It is their job to ensure that Infection
Prevention and Control is everyone’s responsibility and that
premises are clean and staff are well trained.
The Infection Prevention and Control Team for the PCT provide
infection prevention advice through a City –wide care economy
strategy. We work closely with our colleagues at the Acute Hospital
and Local Authority to ensure patients receive clean, safe care.
This is achieved through a comprehensive work programme that covers
our provider and commissioned services. The Infection Prevention
and Control Team carry out surveillance of infections and
|conduct root cause analysis investigations on MRSA bacteraemia
and Clostridium difficile to follow the patient’s journey and
establish the cause. This enables us to make any changes and ensure
best practice guidance is being followed. The IPCT have an annual
audit programme and provide education and training for staff
annually. The team also provide outbreak management, operate an
MRSA screening programme and are currently running a PREVENT care
homes audit and training programme.
Currently Wolverhampton Care economy have targets set by the
Strategic Health Authority for year on year reductions in MRSA
bacteraemia and Clostridium difficile.
Wolverhampton is below trajectory for both MRSA bacteraemia and
Clostridium difficile targets and has shown a reduction in both in
the past year. The PCT aim is to prevent all avoidable
Targets for 2010-11 for the Care Economy (Primary Care
Trust / Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals Trust)
Targets have been set to further reduce infections:
- PCT target for MRSA bacteraemia this year is 7. A separate
target for RWHT has been set at 4.
- Care Economy target for Clostridium difficile 176 cases, with a
National stretch target of 135 and a Local stretch target of
||The Cleanyourhands campaign is a hand hygiene
campaign that raises the profile of hand washing for staff and
patients through posters, signs and activity. The campaign is in
its second year in the PCT and activity is being carried out across
the PCT sites with demonstrations and posters reminding staff,
patients and visitors to wash their hands. You may remember seeing
us at the stand at the City Show in July. Please remember as a
patient that it is okay to ask if any staff do forget to wash their
hands and that you do visit the gel point as you enter and leave
West Park Hospital. Primary Schools are also being visited and the
children being given a Glitter-bug session and a children’s leaflet
together with a Bertie bug to remind them to wash their
We are in the midst of a swine flu pandemic so respiratory
hygiene is very important. Please remember Catch it, Bin it, Kill it is our
message to you all.
For more information contact the Infection Prevention and
Control Team on 01902 443021 / 444892.
Back to Basics Every Time
Preventing the spread of infection begins with some simple
basics. Hands are the most common way of spreading germs.
- If you have a cold, use paper a handkerchief to blow your nose,
and then throw them in the bin after use and wash and dry your
- We share many things - food, computer keyboards and telephones.
Wash your hands and reduce the risk
- Wash your hands after handling pets.
- Wash your hands before handling food and drink.
- Wash your hands before you eat.
- EVERYONE must wash and dry their hands after
visiting the toilet. Research suggests 50% of us don’t bother.
Remember to teach your children as well -
be a Washer not a walker!
Infection Prevention and Control is everyone’s business -
whether you are a member of staff, a patient or a visitor.
- Follow the Infection Prevention and Control Manual
- Attend mandatory Infection Prevention and Control training
- Always decontaminate hands before and after every patient
- Wear personal protective equipment appropriately
- Dispose of sharps safely
- Clean up spillages of blood and body fluids using the spillage
- Dispose of waste safely.
- Clean equipment after use
The are basic things that you can do, as a patient, to prevent
infection when you are in hospital:
- Wash and dry hands after visiting the toilet or using the bed
pan or commode.
- Ask staff for hand -wipes if you cannot access the
- Challenge staff if they fail to wash or gel their hands before
- Wash and dry hands before you eat your meals.
- Do not touch your wounds or catheter.
- Help us keep your bed-space clean by not having too much
clutter during your stay
- Information leaflets are available to explain about infections
– please ask a member of staff.
- Do Not visit anyone if you are unwell with a heavy cold or
sickness or diarrhoea or have an infectious illness
- Gel hands on entering and leaving the ward
- If visiting a patient in isolation, always wash and dry your
hands on leaving the isolation room
- Do Not sit on the bed when visiting
- Ask to see the Infection Prevention and Control Specialist
Nurse if you need any information on any infection and its