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MRSA infections reduced by 40%

19th December 2007

A major London hospital has cut its infection rates by 40% within the space of a year, thanks to a test for the drug-resistant bacterium MRSA.

Over a 12-month trial, MRSA bloodstream infections fell 38.6% compared with the previous year at University College Hospital. Over the same period, wound infections fell by 27.9%. Writing in the British Journal of Surgery, the team stressed that while a link between the testing and the fall in infections cannot be proved, the rapid availability of the test results is a possible explanation.

 

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