News that the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston, Norfolk, has had 17 patients die from the superbug C-Dif once again brings home to us that the NHS does not seem to have got control of hospital acquired infections. Read about the latest outbreak HERE.
The questions the NHS does not seem to have answered is why is it so common in the UK, but not in the rest of Europe ?
I head on the radio recently how in The Netherlands it is routine for a nasal swab to be taken to check for some superbugs upon entry to hospital, and those identified to be carrying the bug on them, but not be infected yet are given a simple course of tablets, that neutralise the bug and makes them safe to go on general wards.
The NHS seems to have taken on board none of this best practice from Europe and seems to be relying on alcohol gel, which is only partially effective.