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Government MRSA strategy ‘under fire’

12th March 2008

A new report has suggested that the government’s strategy to tackle MRSA by screening patients may have little effect.

Researchers from Geneva University found only small differences in the numbers being diagnosed with the healthcare-associated infection, regardless of whether patients had been screened or not, the BBC reports.

Comparing rates for 22,000 surgical patients, the Swiss study observed that those with MRSA in the screening group had been subject to a range of measures including isolation and decontamination.

However, the study revealed that there was no significant difference between the numbers getting MRSA infections during their hospital stay.

Some 93 patients developed MRSA in the screening group compared to 76 in the control group.

Lead researcher Stephan Harbarth commented: “The trial did not show an added benefit for widespread rapid screening on admission compared with standard MRSA control alone.”

He went on to suggest that MRSA screening should be targeted at surgical patients who underwent elective procedures with a high-risk of MRSA infection.

Responding to the study, a Department of Health spokesman said that screening was just one of a range measures to battle the infection including the deep-cleaning of hospitals and the recruitment of extra-infection control nurses.

Last month, the NHS confirmed it was to host a summit of public and private sector cleaning representatives as part of its initiative to oversee a step change in hospital cleaning services.

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