Feeeling positive about negatives…

A quick spin across the county with a colleague found us both in Taunton ready to hear the updates from partners across the South West and our leads from NHS England on all that’s new in the world of e.Coli.

But why negative.

I don’t mean emotionally. Negative is referring to a test. A test used to identify the type of bacteria in the microbiology laboratory. It defines the bacteria by whether or not it retains the dye and helps to begin to identify what the bacteria is.

Gram negative bacteria have been on the increase for a number of years. Despite the improvements made in reducing MRSA and Clostridium difficile Infection’s, these are continuing to rise when logic says they should also be reducing. In addition to this, these bacteria are adept at developing and transferring resistance to many of the antibiotics we use to treat the infections they cause.

It’s a bit of an end of days scenario looming closer that, if we don’t act and get this right, it could mean many of the simple infections we can treat now will become untreatable.

This blogger, Jon Otter, has written a really good piece that describes they why behind this far more succinctly than I could do here…https://reflectionsipc.com/2016/11/24/halving-gnbsi/. As with all Jons blogs, they are all well worth the read.

But why positive?

We’ve been working on this within the world of IPC for some time. There are national, regional and local actions plans across the country. We’ve collected and analysed data so hat we know a lot about causes and trends. From my point of view, maybe in Dorset we have been too ambitious. So, with a useful new word for me exnovate, we started to develop our next plan.

Thanks for the word Gaynor 😁.

As I sat waiting for our e.Coli lead to feed back on our current plan all I could think was that our table was sparsely populated and some of the other counties had more than 2 table full.

So it was great to start talking and hear agreements around our table that we needed to reinvigorate our plan. To start back at the basics of why we are doing this and where the benefits are in signing up to reducing these infections so that we can re engage our partners to make the difference where they are needed.

We are exnovating, I might have a favourite word now, and whilst it means stopping or pausing where we are right now its the right thing to do.

Time to educate, communicate and engage with our partners to learn from them where we can make a difference. Start at the grass roots in all different sectors beyond healthcare and get to know what they would change. Work upwards and then develop a Dorset wide movement to reduce the incidence of this infection.

The day also had lots of inspired ideas that I’m taking away to think on…ANTT buddy’s…catheter holidays…Incontinece pad sufficiency and many more but one has got me hooked.

I’m a sucker for the simple.

That one short phrase that captures a project.

#Butfirstadrink is inspired. Getting to meet and talk more with one of the leads was great. It’s something I really want to take back to Poole.

I’m on the School for Change Agents programme this month. Whilst the majority of my focus will be in the buds of change I can see on the horizon for me, this project is definitely one I want to see succeed.

Who wouldn’t want a badge with such a powerful and impactful meaning.

Thanks for the chat and badge Belinda.

As an INFJ I love getting to know more about people and understanding them. But the I in me often means that my energy at conference is depleted when it comes to networking. Twitter has been so helpful in overcoming this, getting to know a person online first, albeit in small quotes and tweets has been so useful. No digging in my mind for a great phrase…just a smile and a I liked that tweet and your away, already having a subject in common to explore.

So, getting to know new friends better and meeting up with old friends was another great bonus to the day.