Bed-cleaning system lowers bug cases

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A NEW system of cleaning beds has helped to lower the number of cases of patients contracting a hospital bug.

Board papers from the latest Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust meeting show there were two cases of hospital-acquired C difficile in February 2012 against a monthly prediction of five.

The trust – which runs Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham – is currently eight cases under the prediction in its year – 64 cases against an estimate of 72.

The report said the trust was continuing to work to drive down numbers.

So far a centralised bed cleaning service has been set up to reduce the number of cases.