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C diff deaths rise

29th August 2008

New data has shown that the amount of mortalities in England and Wales where C diff was involved increased by 28% between 2006-2007.

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The information from the Office for National Statistics revealed that C diff was named on 8,324 death certificates in comparison to 6,480 in the year before.

Mortalities caused by MRSA decreased by 1,652 in 2006 to 1,593 in 2007.

In 2005, the government said that MRSA and C diff should be reported more accurately.

The next year, 2006-07, the amount of mortalities where C diff was a factor was 72%.

Professor Brian Duerden, the government's inspector of microbiology and infection control, said: "Patients have a right to high quality, safe care."

He said they took a serious view on the infections "which is why we have made infection prevention and control a legal requirement and a number one priority for the NHS."

He added that they had put in place measures to combat superbugs such as C diff. These included imposing hand-cleaning methods within the health service and "clear guidance" the prescription of antibiotics.

"Cases of MRSA and C difficile infections are falling and for the first time we are seeing the number of recorded deaths from MRSA falling too."

The government's target is to reduce the number of C diff deaths by a third by 2010/11 and has put in £230million annually to fund the reduction.

 

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