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Are hospitals winning MRSA fight?

1st November 2007

Latest figures suggest that hospitals in England may be beginning to win the battle against infections.

Quarterly figures revealed by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) shows that cases of MRSA fell by 10% from April to June to 1,303, compared to the 1,447 reported between January and March. There are also indications that Clostridium difficile infections may also be falling with the number of new cases was down 7% to 13,660. That is a reduction of 1,022 cases for the same period last year.

However, the MRSA fall is still not enough to halve the rate of infections by the 2008 target date.

The HPA said the MRSA figures were impressive given hospitals were treating increasing numbers of elderly and seriously ill patients.

HPA infection expert Dr Georgia Duckworth said the increases in MRSA throughout the 1990s had been truly awful.

But she added: “It’s started to come down and that’s brilliant news - two to three years ago professionals would have told you we couldn’t have done that. When MRSA has become endemic or even hyper-endemic in a hospital it's not easy to turn that around.?

Professor Peter Boriello, director of the HPA Centre for Infections, said MRSA had fallen because hospital trusts had been forced to introduce best practice such as hand washing and isolation of patients.

Health secretary Alan Johnson said he was encouraged by the reductions.

“Healthcare-associated infections pose a significant challenge for health services around the world, including the NHS, and we are determined to tackle them,? he said.


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