In­fec­tion rate fails tar­get

The Oban Times - - News -

NHS High­land is off course to meet a key in­fec­tion preven­tion and con­trol tar­get.

Na­tion­ally, health boards have a tar­get of 32 cases of Clostrid­ium dif­fi­cile (C. diff) per 100,000 acute oc­cu­pied bed days (OBDs).

While NHS High­land was within that tar­get in the pe­riod from Jan­uary to March, fig­ures, that have yet to be val­i­dated, show an in­ci­dence of 51.71 cases per 100,000 OBDs from April to June.

‘This rate is higher than we would ex­pect for this quar­ter’, nurse di­rec­tor, Heidi May, told NHS High­land board mem­bers.

‘And, as a re­sult, the in­fec­tion preven­tion and con­trol team have ad­vised Health Pro­tec­tion Scot­land of the sit­u­a­tion.

‘Health Pro­tec­tion Scot­land have said they are sat­is­fied that the board have in place all the cor­rect pro­ce­dures and mea­sures to pre­vent and con­trol in­fec­tion,’ Ms May con­tin­ued.

Mean­while, NHS High­land has met its in­fec­tion preven­tion and con­trol tar­get for Stra-phy­lo­coc­cus au­reus bac­ter­aemia (SAB).

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