At Baddow Hospital, we endeavour to minimise the risk of healthcare associated infection. We are vigilant in our staff training and competencies, patient pathways and surveillance of our processes in all areas of hygiene. The guidelines we follow, for infection control, are provided and supervised by our experienced Infection Control Nurse and Consultant Microbiologist.

Baddow Hospital ensures high quality in this area by:-

• Delivering and auditing regular general and comprehensive deep cleans of all areas of the hospital.

• Offering individual rooms for our patients before and after surgery.

• Ensuring a high nurse to patient ratio, allowing additional time and attention to hygiene.

Information for patients undergoing planned surgery or a procedure.

As part of your pre-operative assessment, you may be advised to use Octenisan Body Wash for 5 days prior to surgery. In addition, it may be necessary to take a swab sample from either your nose or groin area.

MRSA is a type of bacterial infection that is resistant to a number of widely used antibiotics. This means it can be more difficult to treat than other bacterial infections. These organisms may also be transiently present on the skin without causing infection. However, like sensitive Staph aureus, on occasion, these organisms can cause infection and, rarely, blood infection or septicaemia.

The full name of MRSA is meticillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus. Staphylococcus aureus is a common type of bacteria. It is often carried on the skin and inside the nostrils and throat, and can cause mild infections of the skin such as impetigo and boils.

Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a type of bacterial infection that can affect the digestive system. It most commonly affects people who are staying in hospital. It is a bacterium that is present in the gut of up to 3% of healthy adults and 66% of infants. However, C. difficile rarely causes problems in children or healthy adults, as it is kept in check by the normal bacterial population of the intestine. When antibiotics disturb the balance of bacteria in the gut, Clostridium difficile can multiply rapidly and some strains produce toxins which cause inflammation of the bowel.

The symptoms of CDI can range from mild to severe and include:

• diarrhoea

• a high temperature

• painful abdominal cramps