Healthcare Associated Infections

The Department of Health’s national objectives to reduce the number of healthcare associated infections (HCAI) continues. Hospitals are required to report certain positive laboratory results to a national surveillance system.

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre reports on numbers of :

  • Clostridium difficile cases
  • Blood cultures (bacteraemia) containing the following microorganisms (germs)
    • Meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
    • Meticillin sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA)
    • Escherichia coli (E coli)
    • Klebsiella species
    • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
    • Glycopeptide resistant Enterococci (GRE)

We have successfully achieved our objectives every year and take infection prevention and control very seriously.

Latest Reports

Healthcare associated infection rates

What we are doing to improve

The Infection Prevention and Control Team are specialist nurses and consultant microbiologists who work together with all healthcare staff to try to identify infection risks and ensure patients are cared for in a safe, clean environment. The team is also closely involved with all new developments to make sure that infection prevention and control is an integral part of everything we do.

We try to identify problems and provide solutions within the organisation by undertaking audits, advising on patient management or isolation requirements. We also manage outbreaks of infection and monitor any unusual occurrences of infection.