UHMBT Reduce E.coli Infections By 23.4%


University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) are proud to have reduced Escherichia Coli (E.coli) bloodstream infections by 23.4% from 2016 to 2017.

E.coli bacteria are frequently found in the intestines of humans and animals. There are many different types of E.coli, and while some live in the intestine quite harmlessly, others may cause a variety of diseases.

UHMBT are now ranked 22nd nationally out of the top 59 improving Trusts for E.coli infections. In 2016 the number of E.coli infections across all UHMBT sites were 47, compared to 36 in 2017, equivalent to a 23.4% reduction in cases.

Sue Smith, Executive Chief Nurse at UHMBT said “I am delighted that UHMBT have reduced E.coli bloodstream infections by 23.4%. This has been achieved by listening, learning and empowering staff. These are not just numbers; these are patients so this directly contributes to improved patient care and safety.”

The work to improve the bloodstream infections includes:

Having monthly strategic nursing group meetings to look at areas for improvement and agree on actions to take. The reduction of E.coli infections has been a focus at these meetings for the past two years.

Every Wednesday morning the senior doctors and nurses meet to discuss all incidents from the previous week.

Teams come to the table having completed a rapid review to establish whether the infection was avoidable or not and with any actions they can take to reduce risk. These actions are monitored and learning shared.

Multidisciplinary staff training has involved working with the Urology Team, regarding best practice in catheter care.

Sue concluded; “The weekly review process helps us to quickly pick up themes within wards, services, hospital, community and care homes. This ensures that learning and support is shared more widely.

“Our ability to deliver improvement is enabled by positive relationships and working together to share best and learning; our speed of learning through rapid reviews and a genuine culture of us all wanting the same thing – better patient care and higher levels of job satisfaction.”