Fall at West Middlesex Hospital
take steps to control outbreak - starting with washing hands
Middlesex Hospital reported 34 cases of the MRSA 'superbug' in the
year to April 2004, a fall of 7 cases from the previous year
released by the Department of Health show that there was just under
one incident of MRSA for every 4000 'bed-nights'. Only one form
of MRSA - bloodstream infections - was measured. The worst performing
hospital was Guys which showed nearly double the rate of infections.
Hammersmith Hospital also performed badly in the survey, with the
third-worst set of figures.
total, 155 Specialist and General Acute hospitals were ranked in
order of the average cases of MRSA per visit. Only 26 hospitals
had a worse record than West Middlesex. The position is worse when
Specialist hospitals are removed from the table, with only seven
hospitals recording a higher proportion of cases.
(Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is just one of the
infections patients can develop in hospital, but it is the focus
of public, government and the health service because of its resistance
The MRSA bug is estimated to cost the NHS £1
billion a year
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announced on Monday it was bringing in further measures, such as bringing
in overseas experts and publication of infection rates, in a bid to reduce
rates. The UK has one of the highest levels of hospital infections in
including MRSA, can be a problem in any hospital. The Trust recently made
infection control training mandatory for all members of staff and has
detailed policies and procedures relating to how patients are nursed.
These cover hygiene standards recommendations, including hand hygiene
- washing hands between each patient visit. An Infection Control Team,
made up of microbiologists and two specialist nurses, is responsible for
monitoring these standards and for managing the risk of infection for
patients and staff alike.
14 July 2004
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