Personal Injury, Serious Injury & Clinical Negligence

South West Hospitals fail to meet infection targets

MRSA and Clostridium Difficile, C Diff

After several years of falling hospital infection rates, the news that The Royal Cornwall Hospital’s Trust Treliske Hospital and Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital have missed their infection control targets for 2013/14 comes as a surprise and a concern for patients. In both cases Clostridium Difficile infections accounted for the failure, with Derriford recording 34 cases against a target of 25 and RCHT exceeding its target of 20 by more than 100% with 41 recorded cases. All other South West hospitals were within required limits.

The rates of hospital acquired infections have fallen consistently over the last few years according to official figures. The chances of a patient contracting MRSA or C Diff are much reduced. Legal actions against hospitals arising from contracting an infection are far fewer in number than they were in the first decade of the century. Successful cases have largely been based on the failure by doctors to properly treat such infections, rather than on the fact that they were acquired in the first place. Nonetheless, the serious ill health or even death of a relative through an avoidable or untreated hospital acquired infection remains a traumatic experience for a small number of people each year and one which could be reduced to negligible proportions by maintaining proper infection control procedures.

Chris Thorne has considerable experience of dealing with hospital acquired infection cases and is happy to deal with any enquiry on the subject.