Reducing Healthcare Associated Infections Outside of Hospital
North Lincolnshire Learning Workshop 2 - 11th February 2009

MRSA Action UK welcomed to opportunity to be involved in the interactive event in North Lincolnshire, which gave opportunities to meet with the teams from the Care Homes and share experiences and learn how the Improvement Foundation Programme was helping to show measurable improvements to tackle healthcare infections in the Care Home environment.


The day was an opportunity to share the achievements of those taking part in the programme.  Of particular note was the learning and practical application of the Improvement Foundation's framework for making a measurable difference in applying good infection prevention and control in every aspect of their work.


Monthly measures include the collection of data on the number of people who are admitted to hospital from the Care Home who have a Care Plan.  The Care Plan needs to include information on the person's infection status, to include any screening and treatment history.  This measure is reciprocal and Care Homes now expect discharge information for patients who have been treated in hospital to include a Care Plan with the history of the patient's infection status.


The Care Plan a hospital receives would include: 

-        Diagnosis and treatment of any infection

-        Current infection status

-         Infection status including screening history


This sharing of information helps to meet one of the key registration criteria under the Health & Social Care Act 2008, which are effective from 1 April 2009 - "Provide suitable and sufficient information on HCAI to patients and the public and to other service providers when patients move to the care of another healthcare or social care provider"


Some initiatives launched by staff in the Care Homes included simple yet innovative ways to make a difference.


Eaton Court Care Home wanted to make sure that items that were touched were hygienically clean.  They focused on hand-rails and checked with the chemical company who manufactured the cleaning materials that these were effective against bacteria that can cause infections.  Training and the reasoning behind the use of the correct materials was given to all staff and this practice is now applied to all cleaning bringing about assurance that the environment is safe and clean.


Eleanor House set up a scheme to monitor visitors' use of hand sanitiser when visiting.  Everyone is aware of the need to encourage hand-hygiene and although not everyone signs to say they have sanitised their hands, everyone who visits does sanitise their hands.


Stonecroft House replaced commodes over toilets.  An assessment was carried out which identified that only one commode was needed.  The replacement programme meant it was easier to clean and had a positive impact on residents.


Derek Butler presented "A Healthcare Infection - A Lifetime Legacy".  The presentation showed how the contraction of a healthcare infection leaves a legacy for not only the person who contracts it, but for all those involved in their care, not least the families of those affected.  This highlighted the responsibility that healthcare workers have not only to those they are treating and caring for, but also the duty of care they have to families and carers.  The presentation was aligned to developing a culture of people and carer involvement.

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