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NHS MRSA infections reach record low levels

9th August 2011

New government data has shown that rates of MRSA infections in NHS hospitals have fallen to record low levels in June 2011.

Figures released this month show that cases of MRSA bloodstream infections in the NHS dropped from 134 in June 2010 to 97 this year, which represents a reduction of 28 percent, as well as being the first time this figure has sunk to below 100.

Since June 2010, a total of 25 acute trusts have reported no trust-apportioned MRSA infections, while C. difficile infection rates are also on a downward trajectory.

According to health secretary Andrew Lansley, this is demonstrative of the success of a zero-tolerance approach to avoidable infections, but added that the gap between the best and worst-performing trusts is still "unacceptably high".

"While progress has been made, we must do better to shrink this gap and improve standards for all," he said.

Government data released last month suggests that the NHS is also seeing success in efforts to reduce the number of patients compelled to stay in mixed-sex accommodation.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800694170-ADNFCR

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