Hospital misses superbug target

By Emily Pearce

Published on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 12:12


A RISE in the number of patients suffering from serious bed sores has been branded 'disappointing' by St Mary's Hospital bosses, who also admitted the hospital failed to meet a superbug target.

The number of patients admitted to hospital who develop serious bed sores — otherwise known as pressure ulcers — rose from 0.86 per cent in September to 1.08 per cent in October, while the prevalence of bed sores rose from 1.33 to 2.60 per cent.

A report due to be discussed today (Wednesday) by the Isle of Wight NHS Trust board said: "The data for October reveals a disappointing rise in both the prevalence and incidence of pressure ulcers in the hospital setting, particularly the incidence of grade 3 and 4.

"A series of pieces of work are underway to identify and address the issues this rise has highlighted.

"A brief review of the incidents has indicated there may be some links to the care of patients with anti-embolism stockings and immediate action is being taken to ensure the care of patients using these devices is appropriate and maintains the safety of patients' skin integrity."

The report also reveals the trust has failed to meet its C.Diff target. There was one case of the superbug at the hospital in October, bringing the total number this year to ten against a target of seven.



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