MRSA patients should be discharged early20th October 2009
Doctors have called for patients with MRSA to be released from hospital early in order to free up the number of available critical care beds for flu patients.
The MRSA Working Group has told UK hospitals what they should do in order to make sure enough intensive care places are accessible over the winter months.
The group said that if MRSA patients had fewer beds available due to the flu virus then the number of cases could increase by 40%.
They also warned that staff shortages and the use of temporary workers could cause more superbug infections in the coming months.
The health service has begun to prepare for higher than average amounts of staff illness because of both swine flu and ordinary flu.
Dr Matthew Dryden, of the Royal Hampshire County Hospital and a spokesman for the MRSA Working Group, said: "We normally keep patients in until all their infection parameters calm down."
"We are suggesting doctors get them out sooner than that, provided they have turned the corner and things have started to get better. "
He said patients could take oral antibiotics, or could be given antibiotic injections at home.
However Dr Dryden added that this would not be suitable for all patients and doctors would have to consider which patients would benefit from being sent home early.
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Title: MRSA patients should be discharged early
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 12948
Date Added: 20th Oct 2009