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Progress hailed in combatting NHS MRSA and C. difficile infections

6th December 2013

New data from Public Health England has revealed that British hospitals are succeeding in minimising the occurrence of MRSA and C. difficile infections.

Figures for England, Wales and Northern Ireland showed that levels of infection remained fairly stable during October 2013, compared to the corresponding period of 2012. There were 31 MRSA and 424 C. difficile infections last month, whereas these figures stood at 23 MRSA and 457 C. difficile infections in October a year ago.

Meanwhile, the most recent annual data showed that the prevalence of both infection types declined in the financial year ending March 2013 compared to the year before.

These improvements can be credited in part to strict hand hygiene regimes and positive changes in how medical devices are managed among hospital-based patients, although the report also highlighted areas where further improvements are needed.

Professor Alan Johnson, consultant clinical scientist in the healthcare-associated infections department, said: "Whilst we have seen large reductions in infections occurring in the hospital, more work is needed to address those infections which manifest in the community with healthcare interventions tailored for this setting."

This comes as part of a wider national strategy to combat antibiotic-resistant infections such as MRSA, C. difficile, salmonella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which are posing a growing threat to hospital patients.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801669678-ADNFCR

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