Southampton hosts national infection prevention event

Staff at Southampton’s teaching hospitals are to host a national conference on fighting superbugs.

Members of Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust’s infection prevention team will be joined by leading specialists to discuss the progress made in tackling infections in Southampton.

The Trust is one of eight Showcase Hospitals within the UK currently evaluating the implementation of new technologies and equipment with the potential to fight Healthcare Associated Infection (HCAI).

The event, which takes place at the Novotel hotel on Wednesday (17 March), will include talks by Professor Brian Duerden, the Department of Health’s inspector of microbiology and infection control, and Tracey Cooper, vice president of the Infection Prevention Society.

Mary O’Leary, Showcase Hospitals project lead at SUHT, said: “We are recognised as one of the country’s leading Showcase Hospitals and are proud to be hosting this national conference, which will help us to continue to raise the profile of our fight against infection.”

As a Showcase Hospital, staff at Southampton General, the Princess Anne and Countess Mountbatten House have spent time testing a range of new products, including a monitoring system to detect whether or not surfaces and equipment are sufficiently clean.

In addition, last year saw the launch of SUHT’s revised MRSA policy, which sees almost all adult patients now undergo screening for MRSA before admission, while inpatients are armed with a special liquid soap to use for the first five days of their hospital stay to reduce bacteria on the body.

Latest figures show cases of MRSA across the Trust are down 73%, from 26 in April 2008 to February 2009 to seven in April 2009 to February 2010, while incidences of Clostridium difficile have fallen by 49%, from 251 to 129, over the same period.

Posted on Monday 15 March 2010