LHSC and St. Joseph’s release C. difficile rates

(LONDON, Ontario) – London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London (St. Joseph’s) posted their August rates for C. difficile associated disease (CDAD) today, as part of the province-wide public reporting initiative launched today by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

“London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care, London welcome the opportunity to participate in the Ministry’s initiative,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Cliff Nordal. “This C. difficile data provides yet another indicator for measuring and monitoring quality of care, examining our performance and continuously improving the care we provide our patients and the community.”

University Hospital’s CDAD rates – as calculated per 1,000 patient days - were 0.7, with seven reported cases. At Victoria Hospital, the calculated rate was 0.6, with seven reported cases. LHSC’s South Street Hospital had a rate of zero, with zero reported cases.

“We are extremely vigilant and encourage our staff to constantly be on the look-out for C. difficile,” said Dr. Michael John, Medical Director, Integrated Infection Prevention and Control. “As a large teaching hospital, we employ the most sensitive testing methods to ensure no case goes undetected.”

For complete information on CDAD rates at LHSC, please visit http://www.lhsc.on.ca/About_Us/Accountability/Caring_for_our_Patients/Infection_Control/

At St. Joseph’s
All sites of St. Joseph’s, including St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkwood Hospital, Regional Mental Health Care London, and Regional Mental Health Care St. Thomas, reported a CDAD rate of zero, with zero reported cases.

“The dedicated health professionals who work in our hospitals are committed to providing the best possible care to our patients,” says Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, Integrated Vice President, Medical Education and Medical Affairs. “The analysis of our C. difficile rates over time will provide us with helpful information that we can use to make quality improvements in our organization. We look forward to working with our health professionals to make those improvements in the time ahead.”

For complete information on C. difficile rates at St. Joseph’s, please visit www.sjhc.london.on.ca

Though reporting of infection rates is now mandatory in Ontario, LHSC and St. Joseph’s have had city-wide CDAD rate monitoring programs, with regular reports to staff and leadership, in place for several years.

The programs allow for careful monitoring of rates of C. difficile infection, as well as the ability to look internally at our city-wide infection control processes, identify areas for improvement, and implement strategies to reduce the incidence of CDAD in our organizations.

For the complete CDAD report from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, please visit www.ontario.ca/patientsafety

About London Health Sciences Centre
London Health Sciences Centre has been in the forefront of medicine in Canada for over 130 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to South Street Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital and Children’s Hospital, two family medical centres, and Lawson Health Research Institute - a joint research initiative with St Joseph’s Health Care, London. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 30 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital’s 10,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year.

About St. Joseph’s Health Care London
St. Joseph’s Health Care, London is a major patient care, teaching and research centre with a distinguished legacy of service to London, Southwestern Ontario and the veterans of Canada, dating back more than 130 years. St. Joseph’s five key role areas include acute/ambulatory care, complex care and veterans care, long-term care, rehabilitation and specialized geriatrics and specialized mental health care. Facilities and services including St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkwood Hospital, Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care and Regional Mental Health Care London and St. Thomas are part of the St. Joseph’s family. Our research arm, the Lawson Health Research Institute, continues to direct their research to the development of new knowledge that is continually being applied directly to patient care. More than 400,000 patients annually receive care from close to 6,000 physicians and staff at St. Joseph’s. St. Joseph’s is affiliated with the University of Western Ontario.

For more information contact:

Cory Habermehl
Corporate Communications & Public Relations
London Health Sciences Centre
519-685-8500, ext. 58738

Laura Dockstader

Communication and Public Affairs

St. Joseph’s Health Care, London

(519) 646-6100 ext. 47368

After-hours assistance:

LHSC: Contact Switchboard at 519-685-8500 and ask to page the communication consultant on-call
St. Joseph’s: Contact Switchboard at 519-646-6100 and ask to page the communicator on call.