Celebrating 13 months free of MRSA
Nursing staff across Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole are celebrating reaching a magnificent 13 months without a single case of the superbug MRSA.
This is the first time that Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust has gone so long without a single case of a hospital onset MRSA blood stream infection.
Maurice Madeo, associate director of infection prevention and control, said: “This is great news for our patients, and testament to the hard work, dedication and vigilance of our staff.
“Keeping MRSA out of NLaG’s hospitals has been a key priority for the team, and I am delighted we have reached 13 months without a single hospital-acquired case.”
He said staff across the Trust have continued to screen patients, and a new skin cleaning agent has been introduced to reduce of MRSA infections for high risk groups.
Maurice said: “There has also been a concerted effort to ensure medical devices are removed as soon as they are no longer required as this is one of the easiest ways the bacteria can enter the patients’ blood stream and cause an infection. In addition to this there has been some focused work to ensure our cleaning regimes are adopting the best cleaning agents to maintain wards and departments safe for our patients.”
He said tackling MRSA was not just down to the infection prevention and control team but everyone caring for patients. Maurice said: “Nursing staff and other health care professionals need to be vigilant, and continue to minimise as much as possible the risks of infection including the prompt removal of medical devices.”
He added that the team had also been hard at work around flu. It has implemented onsite influenza testing which can provide a result in 30 minutes. “The impact of this was evaluated in the last flu season and we saw significant improvement in availability of results for clinical staff which helped manage patient flow and utilisation of single rooms.
“The team has also played a significant role in assisting the Trust achieve more than 75 per cent flu vaccination rate, helping to protect our patients and staff from this infection.”