Bug of the Month – VRE (September)

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

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)

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)

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)

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 […]

Hand Hygiene Day (5 May 2021)

  To celebrate Hand Hygiene day, the IPC Team will be out and about delivering the glow and tell boxes over the next fortnight.  If you haven’t already and  would like to nominate a hand hygiene champion for your care home, who will be educated  how to use the box, please email the team as […]

Bug of the month – MRSA (March 2021)

MRSA What am I? MRSA stands for Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus. (S aureus) This is a resistant strain of s. aureus which colonises the skin, nose or gut.  A person can become colonised or infected with MRSA. Many people will live normally colonised with MRSA without serious issues, but may develop an Infection or a […]