14. June 2011 17:31
Collaboration between infection prevention specialist Steris and an NHS trust has reduced hospital infections by two-thirds, using a decontamination technology embedded in new working practices.
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has achieved a 66% reduction in C. difficile hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) through a rolling programme of deep cleaning and decontamination of the hospital environment and patient equipment with the Steris BioGienie system.
The team also developed a reactive service whereby a ward hygienist was contacted before or immediately following the discharge or transfer of patients with C. difficile, and the BioGienie system was implemented.
Graeme Kelly, Quality and Decontamination Manager at the Trust, explained: “In October 2009, we established a programme of regular proactive decontamination of all wards using five Steris BioGienie hydrogen peroxide disinfectant delivery systems. This was made possible by the Trust creating a decant ward to allow for the temporary relocation of patients.
“We immediately noticed a significant reduction in all HAIs, including MRSA and norovirus, and data accumulated since then has confirmed a 66.46% reduction in C. diff. HAIs within 18 months of the start of the programme. The BioGienie has enabled us to put easy, effective and safe systems and protocols in place.”
Steris is a leading UK provider of products and services for infection prevention and safe surgery.
BioGienie in ward