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MRSA treatable at home

7th January 2008

Experts have claimed that up to one third of people with MRSA could be discharged from hospital and treated at home.

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The suggestion is discussed in a report about managing MRSA where a panel of experts say a move away from treating patients in hospital with antibiotics administered into their veins could save the NHS significant sums of money.

The researchers say that often people being treated for MRSA in hospital were otherwise medically fit and could be given antibiotics at home once the infection had left their bloodstream.

Professor Mark Wilcox, who is an expert in microbiology at the University of Leeds, said: “Treating people with MRSA at home offers multiple benefits in terms of infection control, and reducing NHS costs and resource use.

“Many patients would also prefer to be discharged from hospital to be with their families while they finish their treatment, and they should be given that option, where possible.?

But other experts have cast doubt on whether home treatment was suitable for many patients.

Patients with MRSA spend an average of an extra 11 days in hospital but sending them home could save the NHS £1bn a year in treatment costs, says the report which is funded by drug company Pfizer.

The plan comes after Prime Minister Gordon Brown indicated all patients entering NHS hospitals in England would in future be screened for MRSA and Clostridium difficile.

The Department of Health said while treatment at home may not always be appropriate, it was an option for trusts to examine.

 

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Article Information

Title: MRSA treatable at home
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 5236
Date Added: 7th Jan 2008

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