Patients can of course be admitted to hospital with other infections or develop them during their stay.
Often, you will find that the same procedures and principles are followed for all infections in order to ensure the patient and yourselves are as safe as possible.
However hard we work, not all infections can be avoided. Patients may already have an infection when they come into hospital, may be undergoing surgery or treatment that increases the risk of infection or may have a low immune system (the body’s defense system), making them more vulnerable to infections.
While many people carry all sorts of bacteria without feeling ill, they can cause problems for people who are run down, injured or who have had surgery. This is why they are associated with hospitals and other healthcare environments.
We work hard to combat these infections to ensure we are consistently reducing the infection rates at our hospitals.