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NHS infections drop further

11th September 2009

New figures from the Health Protection Agency have shown further significant falls in the number of MRSA infections in hospitals across England.

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There were 509 cases between April and June, compared with 839 for the same period last year.

That is a 40% drop and is only a quarter of what the figures were in 2004 when they were at a peak of almost 2,000 cases.

There was also a 37% drop in cases of Clostridium difficile.

Dr Christine McCartney, executive director for the HPA’s Healthcare Associated Infection and Anti-Microbial Resistance Programme said: “These are impressive results but we cannot afford to become complacent.

“Health workers must continue to use effective infection control measures in order to drive down infections further.”

While the government hit its target of halving the 2004 MRSA rates by last summer, the Care Quality Commission this April identified 21 trusts in England which were not doing enough in areas such as cleanliness and decontamination.

Health Minister, Mike O'Brien, praised staff for their efforts in cutting the number of infections.

But he added: “We are clear that one avoidable infection is one infection too many and we continue to work tirelessly to reduce infection rates further.”

In the first quarter of 2009 MRSA cases fell by 27%, while the number of C diff cases dropped by 18%, from 8,357 in January to March to 6,855 during April to June 2009.

The Patients Association praised the drop but also raised concerns about variations in standards between some trusts.

 

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Article Information

Title: NHS infections drop further
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 12617
Date Added: 11th Sep 2009

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