A PIONEERING technology, which designers claim could help cut infections by more than a tenth, has been introduced at West Middlesex Hospital.
Up to 40 per cent of hospital-acquired infections are related to the urinary tract, with four-fifths of these caused by catheters, according to figures from health provider Bard.
However, the company claims new equipment being introduced at the hospital, in Twickenham Road, Isleworth, will slash these type of infections by more than a third - and hospital-acquired infections overall by about 10 per cent.
There were 27 cases of the so-called superbug clostridium difficile at West Mid in 2010/11 and four cases of MRSA - one above the 'upper limit' in its targets.
Hospital chiefs hope the new Bard Comprehensive Care Foley Tray - an 'ultra-hygienic' kit used in the US for many years - will help in the ongoing battle to reduce infections.
A spokesman for West Mid said: "The reason we went with this kit is that everything is included in one pack, which is better for infection control and also better for the patient experience.
"We will be carrying out an evaluation next month, when we will be in a position to tell if the new product has improved patient experience and reduced infection."
About a quarter of inpatients require a catheter during their stay at hospital and it is hoped the new kit will help West Mid discharge patients more quickly.
According to figures from the Department of Health, medically-induced problems like catheter-related urinary tract infections cost the NHS approximately £1 billion a year.