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Its official - UHCW has the best Infection Prevention and Control Team in the country!

16:00 25/10/2013

UHCW Infection and Prevention Control TeamUHCW’s Infection Prevention and Control Team has been named the Infection Prevention Society’s Team of the Year for UK and Ireland.

This is on top of its two other nominations for the Nursing Times 2013 awards for its Continence Promotion and Care category for its campaign Get Stool Smart and in the Infection Prevention and Control category for its campaign Get Stool Smart.

The team has received recognition for its innovative approach to education and the reduction of healthcare associated infection such as C diff and MRSA.

Its staff have run campaigns to ensure that patients admitted to UHCW can be assured that they are in one of the safest in the country for healthcare associated infections.

These campaigns have worked so well with staff that one has now been adopted nationally by the Royal College of Nursing and all student nurses will now receive the Get Stool Smart information cards to help them improve bowel management of their patients.

Infection Prevention and Control work closely with other teams on wards on campaigns such as reducing blood infections (Ban The Bacteraemia) and best practice for urinary catheters (Houdini - Make that urinary catheter disappear) and have been using Twitter to spread the word about successes across social media. They can be followed on: @uhcw_inf_con.

As a result of the hard work by hospital staff, healthcare associated infections have been dramatically reduced from 2008/ 09 averaging* 12 cases a month of C diff to this year to date averaging only* three cases a month of C diff.

In 2008/9 we had *17 cases of MRSA bacteraemia and one case so far this year.

Kate Prevc, Modern Matron for Infection Prevention and Control, said: “I am so proud of my innovative team. We are now more campaign based and focus on specific issues important for our patients; it is due to the motivation of our ward teams that this is so successful.”

Mark Radford, Chief Nursing Officer said: “The recognition of these prestigious national awards reflects how much how staff care about getting the basics right for patients.

“It is clear to me that their enthusiasm and dedication is infectious.”

The winners of the Nursing Times Award will be announced on October 30 in London.



*For clarity these figures all refer to cases that are 48 hours from admission as per national guidance.

Photo L-R
Allison Bradley (Infection Prevention and Control practitioner), Fiona Reakes-Wells (Infection Prevention and Control practitioner), Kate Prevc (Matron for Infection Prevention and Control), Az Khan (Data analyst for the Infection Prevention and Control team), Karen Richards (Infection Prevention and Control practitioner), Darren Wheldon (Healthcare Assistant for the Infection Prevention and Control team), Melanie Gallo (Infection Prevention and Control practitioner).

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