Levels of ‘C diff’ within NHS Lothian Continue to Fall

The number of clostridium difficile infections across NHS Lothian hospitals has continued to fall.

NHS Lothian’s rate is below the national average and the 47 cases among people of all ages recorded in December 2009 is the lowest since records of mandatory surveillance began.

The board of NHS Lothian will be given a performance report on healthcare associated infection at its meeting on Wednesday 27 January.

Levels of MRSA infections have also continued to fall. For the second half of last year (July to December 2009) there were 30 cases of MRSA recorded. This compares to 76 cases recorded during the same period in 2004.

Dr Alison McCallum, Director of Public Health and Health Policy, NHS Lothian, credited a package of measures for the reductions.
She said:

 “We are continuing to drive down c diff and MRSA infections using a variety of methods. These include new guidelines on prescribing, changing some of the chemicals used in cleaning and continuing with education initiatives with staff and visitors.”