Cumbria community hospitals infection rates fall

The number of cases of a hospital-related infection in Cumbria has fallen over the past year.

In 2010 there were 15 recorded cases of in-patients suffering from C. dificile at the nine community hospitals operated by NHS Cumbria.

This compares to 36 cases in 2009, and 47 in 2008.

Older people are most at risk from the infection which mostly happens in a healthcare environment and results in vomiting or diarrhoea.

'Particularly nasty'

Paula Smith, an infection prevention nurse for NHS Cumbria, welcomed the reduction.

She said: "It's a credit to the hard work of all the staff within our community hospitals and units, who work tirelessly to ensure that hygiene standards are high.

"However it's vital that we don't become complacent.

"Strict hygiene procedures and cooperation from the public is the best way that we can continue to stop the spread of these infections, which can develop to be particularly nasty and sometimes fatal especially in older patients."

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