Reducing deaths relating to superbugs C difficile and MRSA
Figures published by the General Registrar’s Office (GROS) this week indicate a continuous downward trend in the number of deaths relating to C difficile and MRSA.
These statistics give cautious grounds for optimism however tackling healthcare associated infections remains a priority for NHS Fife.
The national MRSA screening programme is supported in Fife by initiatives on prudent prescribing of antibiotics, zero tolerance on non-compliance with hand hygiene procedures and unannounced hospital inspections, all of which work together to protect patients from these infections.
NHS Fife Medical Director, Dr Brian Montgomery, said: “The latest published data shows a dramatic drop in deaths from Clostridium difficile and MRSA in Fife over the last four years. This is the result of the hard work and dedication of NHS Fife staff both to prevent and treat these infections.
“Everyone - staff, patients and visitors – play a role in making sure good standards of cleanliness and hand hygiene are maintained to ensure people have confidence in the quality of care they receive.
“Work continues to improve our infection rates and we anticipate further reductions in the future.”