C.difficile cases increase as MRSA rates fall

Latest surveillance data shows that over the last year, MRSA rates have fallen, but those for Clostridium difficile increased.

C.difficile cases increase as MRSA rates fall
C.difficile cases increase as MRSA rates fall

Between April 2006 and March 2007, a total of 6,378 cases of MRSA were reported – 10 per cent fewer than the year before, says the Health Protection Agency.

Comparison of the first quarters of 2007 and 2006, however, showed the number of C. difficile cases increased by 2 per cent, with 15,592 cases in people aged 65 and over reported in January to March this year.

The Healthcare Commission has also released a report on healthcare-associated infection and called for acute trusts to develop a culture of safety by appointing designated members of staff for infection control. It also wants trusts to review their overall performance and that of clinical staff.

The recommendations follow a survey in May 2006 of 155 out of 173 acute trusts in England. This was done in response to a call for an examination into the factors associated with reducing infection rates by the CMO for England Sir Liam Donaldson.

rachel.liddle@haymarket.com

HPA data
Link: http://www.hpa.org.uk/

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