Health officials are desperately trying to tackle an upturn in the number of superbug cases reported in hospitals across North Wales by taking on addition infection control team staff.
The number of reported cases of Clostridium difficile (C.diff) across North Wales has seen a recent sharp increase according to official figures.
Last month alone saw 47 new cases reported by Betsi Cadwaladar health board (BCUHB) with the infection rates considerably higher than the Welsh average. BCUHB says that is working closely with Public Heath Wales to try and understand infection control issues and how such cases can be avoided in future.
These new reports follow an outbreak earlier this year at Glan Clwyd hospital in Denbighshire, which saw 96 cases of C.diff, causing the death of 30 patients suffering from the bacterial infection. Poor handling of the outbreaks was identified as one of the reasons for the failing as well as an investigation into Wrexham Maelor hospital by Public Health Wales, which found the hospital has a disproportionate number of total deaths from C.diff cases.
The infection rates of C. diff cases had risen to 5.90 cases per 1,000 hospital admissions in north Wales in October, compared to an all-Wales rate of 3.76 cases per 1,000.
Measures being proposed to combat this situation include extra staff in the infection control team, and rapid review audits being carried out of hand hygiene, but specialist clinical negligence solicitors at Keylaw believe more should be done to protect patients’ safety and to avoid putting people under unnecessary risk whilst in hospital.
A spokesperson for Keylaw commented “If you or a family member has suffered as a result of poor care or quality standards during a hospital visit then you should speak with a specialist clinical negligence solicitor to understand your rights. You could get help and support throughout your rehabilitation period as well as being compensated for your illness.”
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