Leicester hospitals have launched a new computer-based infection prevention system that will help keep patients safe from bugs. The system, ICNet and SSI Monitor, is part of a software package that combines information about patient movements in the hospital with data held by the laboratory and theatre systems, so that staff are alerted when patients are either infected, or at risk of infection. Liz Collins, lead nurse for infection prevention, said: "This will be of huge benefit to assist us in improving patient care. It will lead to earlier treatment and more effective infection prevention management for our patients and will enable my team to work more efficiently." The deployment is the result of a £150,000 award from Department of Health to University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.