Wednesday, 25 March 2009

13 die in superbug crisis at NHS district hospital

Thirteen people have died in a superbug outbreak at an NHS hospital, it has emerged.

Another 17 patients are being treated in a special isolation ward while non-infected patients have had to be moved to other hospitals up to 50km (30 miles) away. More staff have been taken on to cope with the crisis at Eastbourne District General Hospital and the trust's chief executive has even offered to do nursing shifts...

The hospital revealed there had been 62 cases of C.diff this year – 30 in February alone. This is much more than the target rate of 19 a month and was blamed on a high number of patients being admitted with respiratory infections...
Wot? They have a target of 'only' 19 cases per month?

Source: The Metro

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