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Infection prevention & control

The Infection Prevention and control of infection has always been a top priority within Liverpool Women’s. Robust systems are in place to monitor the effectiveness of infection prevention and control practices and to monitor the number of infections that occur. The Trust embraces "lessons learnt" from all reviews undertaken.

  • Infection Prevention & Control Team
    Our Infection Prevention & Control Team supports our commitment of achieving the highest standards of hygiene across the Trust.
  • Hand hygiene

    Our Infection Prevention and Control Team promote the importance of hand hygiene through training, 'point of care' poster campaigns and continuous audit. We have also been part of the national 'cleanyourhands' campaign since 2005 which is now a global project recognised by the world health organisation.. In 2007 the Trust implemented the Department of Health ‘Saving Lives’ audit process throughout the organisation to monitor compliance with hand hygiene and other aspects of patient care. Patients and visitors also have a responsibility to reduce the risk of infection. A poster campaign is in place in all communal areas of the Trust promoting hand hygiene.

    Information for patients and visitors is provided in our Infection Control Leaflet.

  • MRSA

    In 2015/16, the Trust reported one case of Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) bacteraemia exceeding the prescribed target for this infection. This is the first case of this type of infection in 5 years.

  • Reporting performance

    Recorded monthly figures on infection control within the Trust are placed on the Infection Prevention & Control notice board located in the main foyer of the Trust. We also report our annual performance in the Infection Prevention & Control Annual Report.

  • Cleaning

    Ensuring that our wards and departments are kept clean is vital to preventing the spread of infections and is something we take very seriously. We monitor cleaning in a number of ways. Our facilities staff ensure standards of cleanliness are maintained and monitored across all areas of the hospital.

    Every area has a matron who is a senior nurse/midwife who, together with ward managers, liaises closely with the cleaning services team to maintain high standards of cleanliness. Matrons and Ward Managers also check cleanliness on a regular basis. During "go and see visits" the Chief Executive and Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Operations also walk around with the Infection Prevention and Control Team bi-monthly. Every six months our Infection Prevention & Control Team and ward staff carry out an environmental inspection. The Trust will be participating in the National P.L.A.C.E, Patient Led Assessment of the Care Environment.

    This assessment is carried out by members of the public for external, internal and outpatient areas. If a patient has an infection that runs the risk of being transmitted to another patient, additional cleaning, isolation and barrier nursing is carried out in line with national guidance on infection prevention & control. Patients and visitors can help us to keep clean and tidy by disposing of any litter thoroughly.

    We also ask that if any patients or visitors have any concerns about the standard of cleanliness on any of our wards that they contact a member of staff or the Patient Facilities Manager on 0151 702 4150 immediately.

  • Clostridium difficile

    Clostridium difficile (C difficile) is the commonest cause of healthcare acquired diarrhoea in the UK. Mandatory reporting of this condition (for patients over 65) started in January 2004 and now includes all patients over two years of age. In 2015/16, the Trust reported no cases of C difficile, less than the prescribed target for this infection and a lower incidence of disease compared to other Trusts in the region or nationally.

  • Outbreaks of infection

    There have been no major hospital-wide outbreaks of infection during 2015/16.

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