Norfolk hospital’s success against superbug
17:18 21 March 2013
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Norfolk’s main hospital has been free from the superbug MRSA for more than a year, governors were told this week.
Officials from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital said the news highlighted the trust’s relentless fight against infections.
Anna Dugdale, chief executive, said: “This is the first time in the history of the hospital that we have achieved a whole MRSA free year. We cannot afford to be complacent and our fight against infections is relentless. However, this is an exciting milestone and the result of the consistent application of simple but strict infection control practices by all our staff.”
MRSA is a bacterial blood stream infection that is resistant to a number of widely used antibiotics.
Ngozi Elumogo, director of infection prevention and control, said the foundation trust had developed a series of additional measures such as universal patient screening programmes, real time electronic communications, regular clinical reviews, audits, and staff training to maintain high standards.
“Infection prevention and control is everybody’s business and we are all committed to reducing the risk to our patients,” she said.
Fee Sharples, hospital governor, added: “This is a tremendous achievement, we are very proud of all our staff for working so hard.”