Hospital works on infection rate

THE North Coast Area Health Service says a range of strategies are in place to reduce patient staph infection rates at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus.

It comes after the hospital was named as one of 14 health facilities in NSW failing to meet infection control targets.

A report in the Sunday Telegraph referred to NSW Health data, which placed the Coffs Harbour Hospital among the worst for deadly infections, such as golden staphylococcal, with 2.3 incidents of infection per 10,000 bed days. The health service responded saying its clinical governance unit and infection control consultant were working with hospital staff to reduce infection rates.

“As a consequence Lismore Base Hospital and Coffs Harbour Health Campus infection rates are improving,” an area health spokesperson said.

“The Coffs Harbour Health Campus infection rate is usually below the target threshold rate of two per cent.

“In October, the Coffs Harbour Health Campus had nil infections.”

Strategies to limit the risk include developing new IV ‘starter packs’ for the insertion of intravenous lines, greater education on the insertion of lines, and reviewing and improving hand hygiene compliance.



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