Monitor announces further action over infection rates

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Plans are already in place to tackle infection at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust following today’s announcement that Monitor is taking further action to cut rates of Clostridium difficile.

The independent regulator said the organisation had ‘failed to act quickly enough to reduce the number of infections that patients acquire in its hospitals’.

In 2014/2015 the trust reported 76 cases against a target of 49 and already a number of actions have been taken ahead of today’s announcement including:

  • Further developing a detailed action plan with clear milestones and outcomes
  • Seeking external assurance of the detailed plan within one month by an infection prevention control expert
  • Ensuring effective governance and accountability for delivering the action plan

On-going monthly monitoring of the trust’s progress against the action plan (with an expert follow-up review to assess implementation) is also required by Monitor.

Chief executive Professor Tricia Hart said: “This is a top priority for the organisation and, like us, Monitor remains concerned about our rate of clostridium difficile infection.

“We know that infection prevention needs consistent and constant focus in key areas such as hand hygiene, cleaning, prompt isolation of patients and appropriate antibiotic prescribing. We are committed to continuing to address this key patient safety and turn this around.”