MRSA Report

November 2017

NHS NEWS

Country of origin: UK

A report examining the variation in rates of MRSA between different hospitals between 2001 and 2006 and looking at the factors which have contributed to a 27% fall in the probability that a patient will acquire MRSA since 2001/2, was published recently by the Department of Health.

The report, 'Hospital organisation, speciality mix and MRSA', shows that, while high bed occupancy and greater use of temporary nursing staff correlated with higher MRSA rates up to 2003/04, in recent years these relationships have weakened and are not statistically significant. This is consistent with the view that Trusts have become better at responding to these challenges.

It suggests that action the Government has taken over the last three years such as the introduction of the MRSA target, the cleanyourhands campaign, intensive support to Trusts facing the biggest challenges and improving the quality and training of temporary staff may have played a role in bringing down MRSA infection rates.

Health minister Ann Keen, said: "We have given the NHS comprehensive guidance on infection control and this report is consistent with our interventions and support beginning to bear fruit.

"Infections pose a challenge for health services around the world, including the NHS. We continue to reduce rates of infection while more and more patients are treated each year, but I want all hospitals to achieve the standards attained by the best.

"Thorough cleaning, rigorous hand washing and sensible antibiotic prescribing must be maintained at every hospital, every time."

'Hospital organisation, specialty mix and MRSA' is available on the Department of Health website.

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