Media Release: Hard work pays off with 30 per cent drop in c difficile infections

A T’RIPLE whammy’ of changes to prescribing, new cleaning methods in some areas and increased training for staff is paying off in NHS Lothian’s efforts to prevent c difficile infections.

A paper to be discussed at today’s (Wed) board meeting details recent striking reductions in the number of c difficile cases across Lothian.

The paper quotes national surveillance data showing a 30% drop in c difficile infections in Lothian from October to December 2008, compared to the previous quarter. (Jul – Sept 2008)

Dr Alison McCallum, director of Public Health and Health Policy, NHS Lothian, said: “These figures confirm that we are on track to achieving our target of a 30 per cent reduction in c difficile by 2011.”

She added: “We have introduced a package of measures which are now showing their effectiveness.”

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