A Freedom of Information request¹ to UCLH disclosed the starting and finishing dates of their disastrous Deprox decontamination contract with Hygiene Solutions Ltd. The Deprox operations started in June 2013 and ran continuously, 7 days per week through to October 2016. The contract called for at least 4 Deprox units to be at the hospital, and 6 or more processes to be completed daily.
However, due to frequent breakdowns, Hygiene Solutions struggled to meet their obligations, and on occasion asked engineers to put a non-functional Deprox unit in a room, tape up the door and “run” a process – thus not only defrauding the NHS but leaving a dangerously contaminated room that the staff believed to have been sterilized.
Plotting the contract dates against the quarterly UCLH C. difficile data² (extended through 2016 with mandatory government reporting data)³ reveals an exact correlation between the period of Deprox deployment and a substantial step change in the number of C.difficile infections – approximately 70 extra cases over the 29 month period.
According to the March 2016 government report on C. difficile mortality, the 30 day mortality rates for the London area were about 17%. – suggesting that approximately 12 deaths in this period could be attributed to Deprox operations. Any patients who acquired C. difficile or any other Heathcare Associated Infection, (HAI) in the UCLH hospitals between June 2013 and October 2015 should consider contacting a medical negligence solicitor and seeking compensation.
Deprox pushed UCLH in to high risk category for C. diff – CQC reports.
The CQC (Care Quality Commission) makes regular evaluations of NHS trusts using a list of critical indicators. These are the Intelligent Monitoring reports. The extracts from a series of these reports below show how the “Incidence of C. difficile” indicator moved from “No evidence of risk” to “Elevated Risk” when the Deprox program was implemented. The complete reports can be found at: http://www.cqc.org.uk/provider/RRV/reports