A health regulator has cautioned of a probable superbug illness epidemic if hospital personnel does not succeed in sustaining hand sanitation.
It comes after a review of eight of the province's hospices where bacteria related to MRSA and Clostridium difficile was discovered in some wards.
Health specialists have now issued a severe caution to hospices, jogging their memory of the C diff outburst at the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust where 90 patients succumbed to death between 2004 and 2006 across its three hospitals.
Officers from Kent and Medway Local Involvement Network (LINk), who conducted the research, said that they know that ontagion rates were dropping throughout the county, but emphasized that hand sanitation standards must be maintained.
Graham Hills, Operations Director of the Organisation that looks to perk up health and social care in Kent and Medway, said that some of their results were "disturbing".
He said, "MRSA and C diff rates are dropping so the high-profile messages by hospitals to use hand gels are having some impact, but it's the inconsistency of use by staff and visitors that is concerning".
He added that the swabs taken across hospitals, they discovered that bacteria, which could cause a threat to patients' wellbeing at nurses' stations like in the computer keyboards, loos and patients' bedsides.
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