|Abstract||In June 2005 the Healthcare Commission received a request from the Secretary of State for Health to undertake an investigation following a problem with Clostridium difficile at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. (Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust) The interim findings from this investigation by the Healthcare Commission will be published next year. As part of the investigations a national survey was conducted jointly by the Healthcare Commission and the Health Protection Agency to gain an understanding of the issues facing NHS hospitals in relation to the management, prevention and surveillance of infection caused by C difficile. This report consists of the interim results from this survey.|
It is being published in an interim form to ensure that the important issues being raised can begin to be addressed by NHS Trusts ahead of the winter, the time when prevalence of infection caused by C difficile tends to be at it’s highest.
The more detailed findings from the survey will be published by the HPA in the spring of 2006.
The interim report consists of information on: -
· Clostridium difficile – risks, spread, diagnosis, strain 027 and current guidance
· Main reasons for survey and approach taken
· Laboratory investigation of and surveillance for Clostridium difficile
· Interim findings and observations
· Lessons learned and how the HC and HPA will incorporate the findings from the interim and final report into their respective programmes of work
The report outlines three key points that NHS acute trusts should give particular consideration to in relation to the management of C difficile.