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Winning the fight against C.diff

29 May 2014

Infection control company Tristel has been providing close support to the infection prevention and control team at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW).

The team is using Tristel infection control products in their strategy to combat Clostridium difficile (C. diff.) infection. For surface disinfection, nurses at Coventry use Tristel Jet, a trigger gel spray, and Fuse, a disinfectant for larger surface areas. Both are based on Tristel’s proprietary Chlorine dioxide chemistry and are rapidly effective against bacteria, fungi, viruses, mycobacteria and, most crucially, bacterial spores.


Tristel have also played a central role in staff training and in developing specific processes for using their products. As a result of Coventry’s infection control initiatives, which included the collaboration with Tristel, every ward achieved 100 days C. diff. free. 95% reached 200 days and 14 wards achieved a year clear.

The Coventry team’s novel approach to infection control included the use of innovative campaigns to publicise and educate those at the frontline. The collaboration with Tristel was an important element in their success and Kate Prevc, matron for infection prevention and control at UHCW, said, "Tristel have been so responsive, and worked with us to meet our needs throughout the process."


Tristel even changed the containers supplied following feedback from the team at Coventry, and according to Kate: "What’s crucial is that nurses like using Tristel products, which without doubt has had a huge impact on our infection figures".  Fuse, which is supplied as a burstable sachet that is simply diluted to a single concentration in Tristel provided containers, proved particularly popular with the nurses.