Nurses praised for reducing C difficile

The 'hard work and dedication' of healthcare staff in tackling C difficile infections and increasing patient safety has been praised by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

Dr Peter Carter (photograph:Steffan Hill)
Dr Peter Carter (photograph:Steffan Hill)

The comments were made as the Health Protection Agency (HPA)  published figures showing there were 33% fewer cases of the C difficile infections from July to September 2008 than in the average quarter of the previous year.

Dr Peter Carter, RCN chief executive and general secretary, said: ‘The innovation and leadership of nurses has been central to driving down infection rates, and improving the quality of care for all patients’.

However, the RCN warned that the figures showed there was still room for improvement in some trusts, and called for nurses to be given the necessary authority and resources to ensure that infection rates continue to fall.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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