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City Community Services

Infection Prevention and Control - Updates

Working in partnership with the Acute Trust (Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals Trust) and the independent sector, our numbers of infections, such as MRSA Bacteraemia and cases of Clostridium Difficile (C Diff) have been reduced significantly by the implementation of measures such as:

  • Root cause analysis investigation of all cases. This investigation looks at the patient journey and care to see if anything could or should have been done differently to prevent the acquired infection. Any lessons learnt are fed back to the correct place with corrective actions. 

  • Increased training for prescribers  in antimicrobial prescribing 

  • A deep clean and de-clutter of Trust premises has been completed, together with refurbishment and renovations.

  • We have implemented audit programmes to ensure a high standard of performance is achieved at all times 

  • Areas do  ‘snapshots’ of cleanliness of equipment and environments are being a managed and monitored

  • Care Home Update - The Care Homes PREVENT Charter awards invite each care home in the City to sign a pledge of commitment to improving infection prevention standards and education and training of staff year on year. The PREVENT scheme is now in its third year and notable improvements have been observed, with more homes receiving Bronze, Silver or Gold certificates dependant upon their audit score of compliance. 
    In addition, the IPCT basic infection prevention training DVD has been distributed to care homes with a training log to facilitate and record inhouse training.

  • The Cleanyourhands campaign is ongoing throughout the Trust. This will raise the profile of the importance of everyone owning and carrying out hand washing across the PCT.  The cleanyourhands campaign focuses on the hand hygiene of staff as this is where the greatest impact can be made in preventing the spread of infection. Hands are the main way in which infections are spread so if staff clean their hands before and after touching a patient then we can help prevent infections spreading. 

  • The IPC team will be out and about promoting hand hygiene with the ‘Glow Germ’ cabinet which uses ultraviolet light to highlight germs on hands (by using a special gel). In the cabinet under the UV light, the pretend germs glow, hand washing is then carried out and the hands put back in the cabinet. Any areas that have not been cleaned properly will continue to glow (usually thumbs and nail beds).  

  • Primary & Infant schools will be targeted with the MAX campaign later this year. Max is a penguin that engages young children to wash their hands. See http://www.max4health.com/ for more details.