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NHS winning battle against HCAIs in England and Wales

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Patient deaths involving MRSA and C difficile both fell again last year in England and Wales, according to latest statistics.

There were 1,646 deaths involving C. difficile infection in England and Wales in 2012, 407 fewer than in 2011 when there were 2,053 deaths.

It is the fifth consecutive year that mortality rates for deaths involving C. difficile have fallen, according to the Office for National Statistics, which published the data on healthcare-associated infections today. The peak number of deaths was in 2007 when there were 8,324.

Deaths involving C. difficile accounted for 0.8 % of all hospital deaths in England and Wales during 2010-12, compared with 2.0 % during 2007-09.

Meanwhile, a separate report on MRSA said the number of death certificates mentioning that infection fell by 20% from 364 in 2011 to 292 in 2012.

MRSA death rates have consistently fallen in recent years, down from 1,230 in 2008 and 781 in 2009.

In the period 2008-12, MRSA was involved in 0.1% of all deaths and 0.2% of all hospital deaths.

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