Collaborative Working With STERIS Systems Cuts Hospital Acquired Infections

Top Quote North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has achieved a 66.46 % reduction in Clostridium difficile (C. diff.) hospital acquired infections (HAIs) since establishing a rolling programme of regular and thorough and effective maintenance, deep cleaning and decontamination of the hospital environment and patient equipment. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) June 15, 2011 - Graeme Kelly, Quality and Decontamination Manager at the Trust, explained: "In October 2009, we established a programme of regular proactive decontamination of all wards using five STERIS BioGienieŽ hydrogen peroxide disinfectant delivery systems. This was made possible by the Trust creating a decant ward to allow for the temporary relocation of patients without the loss of any funded beds."

    Alongside this programme, the team has provided a reactive service also using the BioGienie systems, which is initiated by a ward hygienist being contacted prior to or immediately following the discharge or transfer of patients with C. diff.

    Graeme added: "We immediately noticed a significant reduction in all HAIs, including MRSA and norovirus, and data accumulated since then has confirmed a 66.46 % reduction in C. diff. HAIs within 18 months of the start of the programme. An important factor has been the appointment of dedicated ward hygienists, who work in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team. Having the support of an enthusiastic, driven and focussed team, including domestics, porters, estates staff, IPCT and nursing staff has been key to these significant reductions. This is a forward-thinking Trust committed to improving patient safety, and the BioGienie has enabled us to put easy, effective and safe systems and protocols in place."

    About STERIS
    STERIS Corporation is a leading provider of infection prevention and surgical products and services, focused primarily on critical healthcare, pharmaceutical and research markets. The Company's more than 5,000 dedicated employees around the world work together to supply a broad array of solutions by offering a combination of equipment, consumables and services that enhance Customer productivity and quality, and help make the world a safer place. The Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol STE. For more information, please visit

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