National recognition for infection control project

The orthopaedic ward at the University Hospital of North Tees have been recognised for work around reducing infection rates linked to the use of catheters.

The team made a number of changes, including trialling a new product for cleaning around the area where a patient would be catheterised.

The improvements led to a reduction in catheter linked urinary tract infections.

Ward 32’s work has been highlighted by NHS Improvement.

Liz Dobson-Bell, infection prevention and control nurse, who helped the team with the project, said: “Thank you to all the staff in the team for their passion towards this project.

“We have made a real difference to patient care – something which has been recognised nationally by NHS Improvement.”

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