The authors, Elizabeth Warde, Infection Prevention and Control Nurse, Emma Davies, Clinical Educator (previously Infection Prevention & Control Nurse) and Andrew Ward, Senior Biomedical Scientist, all work at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.
The paper, titled ‘Control of a multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii outbreak’ was written in response to an incident in 2015. The Trust was presented with a very challenging clinical situation involving an equally challenging bacterium – a fast response to protect patients was crucial.
A multi-disciplinary team of experts was quick to respond, utilising high-end, on-site bio decontamination facilities whilst implementing standard infection prevention and control measures. The paper details the story of success, acknowledging Andrew Ward’s investigations in the North Tees laboratory and the role played by decolonisation of infected and colonised patients.
Sharing the success is vital in ensuring other hospitals in similar situations are able to benefit from the learning. The authors were keen to show how innovative working combined with traditional infection prevention and control measures successfully controlled the outbreak.
Those involved were keen to pursue publication of the paper as they felt there was a perceived need to raise the profile of multidrug-resistant organisms and the threat they pose. They wanted to share their experiences and learning to benefit patients and other healthcare providers.
Andrew Ward, Senior Biomedical Scientist said: “This was an unprecedented incident for all of those involved – working together efficiently and communicatively was central to the success of our response. We all felt compelled to publish this paper – if we are able to help just one more patient, it is a job well done.”
Julie Lane, Director of Nursing, Patient Safety and Infection Control said: “Infection Control is an absolute priority for the Trust and in the unfortunate incident of a bacterial outbreak, the fast response of our medical staff is crucial for patient safety. Sharing best practice is really important in the medical world, to ensure that we are not only protecting our patients, but those across the country too. The publication of this paper is testament to the hard work of all those involved, and I would like to extend my thanks personally.”