Infection rate fails target
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).