MRSA

January 7th, 2015

 

CONTROLLING INFECTION IN OUR HOSPITALS

Infection control needs to be top of the list of priority matters in all if our hospitals- to this effect there have been a number of important publications from the Department of Health (DH) and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) outling the proposals for improvements.

In 2008 the Health and Social Care act was brought in to replace the Health Act of 2006 at least partly in response to the growing concern regarding the spread of Healthcare Associated Infections in our hospitals and it has been updated and revised in 2012. We now have a code of practice in which all NHS organisations have to implement measures to strengthen the control of infections such as MRSA.
The measures being currently implemented include enhanced care for patients with such infections, appropriate barrier nursing methods along with stringent monitoring and surveillance.
Criteria have been planned, agreed and set in place for NHS managers to be able to endure that our hospitals are hygienic, clean and free of superbugs and HCAIs as possible. 

MRSA has been a real problem in all of the hospitals in the UK but after a numberof in depth studies it has been concluded that the best way to control it is through stringent barrier methods to prevent cross contamination - this, combined with the utmost care in professional hygiene, the installation of disinfectant hand wash dispensers and improved cleaning services in the hospitals finally this awful bug is finally on the way out, hopefully for good.

It was a testament to poor policy planning regarding these mattters particulary with regards cleaning services and their methods, all of which have nbeen re organise and extra training given where irt was considered necessary. Improved screening and antibiotic medications have been highly effective against MRSA. MRSA stands for Meticillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, it is a common germ that resides on the skin of 1 in 3 people and is most commonly the bug that causes infection in wounds.