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E coli and MSSA to be recorded

12th October 2010

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has announced that hospitals will have to record two additional types of infection in 2011.


Mr Lansley said next year hospitals would need to count the number of instances of E coli and methicillin sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA).

According to data from the Health Protection Agency, the number of E coli infections has increased by 37% since 2005.

It said there were 25,532 E coli infections and 9,249 MSSA cases in 2009.

The Department of Health wants the new recording system to help trusts to find out which infections occur in hospitals, rather than in the community.

Screening for the two infections would be performed by microbiologists in a similar way to how they carry out screenings for MRSA and C difficile.

The president of the Infection Prevention Society Tracey Cooper said: "MSSA monitoring is a step in the right direction. We welcome anything that keeps healthcare acquired infections high on the agenda for the NHS. There are lots of practice-related issues we could add to improve infection control."

Imperial College Healthcare Trust's director of infection prevention and control Alison Holmes said: "I welcome looking at more bloodstream infections than just MRSA. I think it may give us a better opportunity to look at things across the whole healthcare economy."

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Saturday 16th April 2011 @ 19:17

The reason they rose is because hospitals were hiding them to get Foundation status. The CEO's should be in jail, but they're the fascist Lansley's mates.

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