All NHS Trust foundations must comply with regulations as set out by the Department of Health. Each Trust must invoke their own procedures that address C-Difficile/MRSA and are monitored closely by the CareQuality Commission. It is up to the Trust themselves to deal with the problem at hand but they must show reduction, containment and in some cases eradication of the bacteria.
Under the CoSHH Regulations a biological agent is defined as: ‘a micro-organism, cell culture, or human endoparasite, whether or not genetically modified, which may cause infection, allergy, toxicity or otherwise create a hazard to human health.’
The usual principals of prevention apply, with special emphasis in the cleaning of surfaces to prevent escalation and spread of such agents.