Bug of the month – Influenza (Flu) – December 2021

Who am I? Influenza is a viral infection that can spread easily from person to person. There are 3 types of influenza affecting people. Influenza A and B are responsible for clinically important disease, Influenza C causes milder disease, and isn’t thought to cause epidemics. The virus is unstable and constantly changing and so people […]

Bug of the month – Extended Spectrum Beta Lactamase (ESBL) – November 2021

Who am I? Extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBL’s) are enzymes produced by bacteria which are resistant to many penicillin and cephalosporin antibiotics and often to other types of antibiotics.   How do I move around? As with other germs, ESBL producing bacteria can spread from person to person on unwashed hands, on equipment that is not sufficiently […]

NPSA Alert – FFP3 masks

Click on the link below to see the National Patient Safety Alert for Infection risk when using FFP3 respirators with valves or Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs) during surgical and invasive procedures. NPSA alert – FFP3

Bug of the Month – VRE – September 2021

Who am I? Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci. (VRE) Enterococci is a Gram positive, round shaped bacteria.  These bacteria can develop resistance to common antibiotics. A spread of VRE can cause very limited options in antibiotic we can treat infections with.  So strict IPC Management is required.   How do I move around? VRE can be transmitted […]

Bug of the Month – Escherichia coli (E. coli) – August 2021

Who am I? Escherichia coli is a bacterium which are commonly found in the intestines of humans and animals. A main way you can catch me is by eating certain foods-particularly cattle. There are many different types of E. coli, and while some live in the intestine quite harmlessly, others may cause a variety of […]

Bug of the Month – Haemophilus influenzae – July 2021

What am I? Hemophilus influenzae (H. influenzae) is a bacteria which occurs mostly in children younger than five years of age. It can cause severe infection, ranging from ear infection and conjunctivitis to more serious diseases such as blood stream infection, meningitis and pneumonia There are six different strains; the one that most people are […]

The Rise of Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection

Do you work in infection prevention, nursing, or healthcare procurement? Do you want to learn more about what you can do to prevent Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection? (CAUTI) Join Carole Hallam and Gary Thirkell on the 10th August, at 16:30 BST for our live webinar, where they will cover: The problem of CAUTI How […]

Bug of the Month -Carbapenemase Producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) – June 2021

Who am I? Enterobacter is a common gram-negative, anaerobic, rod-shaped, non-spore-forming bacteria of the family Enterobacteriaceae. Carbapenemases are enzymes, produced by some bacteria which causes resistance to carbapenem antibiotics, Carbapenems are a powerful group of broad-spectrum beta-lactam antibiotics. This can be the last effective defense against multi-resistant bacteria. This resistance is beginning to spread and […]

Bug of the Month – Streptococcus – May 2021

Who am I? Streptococcal infections are any type of infection caused by spheroidal bacteria. There are many different types of Streptococci bacteria, including Group A, B and others. They are commonly associated with mild, self-resolving infections. Group A strep is the most common type. It is not normally detrimental to health and some people carry […]