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
- 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
- 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