Quality & Patient Safety

Scotland’s government requires hospitals to cut C. diff in half

Patient Safety Monitor: Global Edition, January 20, 2009

The Scottish government, working with infection experts, has announced a 15-point plan to help its hospitals cut the rate of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) by 50% during the next two years, reports the Scotsman.

The 50% reduction rate requirement is a raise from the current 30% reduction hospitals are currently working toward, a rate which has been deemed insufficient by the government. Other proposals for the plan include the creation for a hospital-acquired infection "commissioner" to oversee the number of agencies tackling infections, to provide better in-depth analysis of the infection outbreaks, as well as better hand washing facilities.

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