Congratulations to NHS Fife

Immediate Release 24/04/13
Congratulations to NHS Fife

NHS Fife’s innovative work in reducing urinary tract infections associated with the use of catheters has been nationally recognised in the shortlist for this year’s Patient Safety Awards.

The awards singled out Shirley Magee, Clinical Effectiveness Facilitator, in the Infection Control and Hygiene Category for her work at NHS Fife. Building on previous work to create a system that helps staff and patients across services to minimise the risk of urinary infection caused by urinary catheters, staff now use a care bundle approach, a structured process followed when inserting and maintaining a patient’s catheter.

Piloted in community hospital wards, the success and learning from this initial work is now being spread across the whole organisation. The implementation of the new practice has reduced the number of infections, which in turn lessens other associated risks for patients.

Shirley said: “NHS Fife staff have worked hard and are committed to providing the best possible care to their patients. The introduction of the care bundles ensures that patients are given the right care, every time.

“Reducing these infections prevents other patient safety risks which can unnecessarily increase a patients’ length of stay.”

Dr Richard Simpson, MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife, and also Scottish Labour’s Public Health spokesperson said: “It is truly excellent to see such innovative working coming from within Fife’s NHS hospitals. I hope that this national recognition means their best practice will go on to help patients all over Britain, as well as those currently benefiting in Fife. I send my sincere congratulations to Shirley Magee, her team, and all at NHS Fife, and the best of luck for the final stages of the awards!”

The Patient Safety Awards are organised by the Nursing Times and Health Service Journal with the ceremony to be held at the beginning of July.

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