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'Fight against infection must continue'

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The health minister has called for the fight against infection to continue despite NHS staff reducing rates of C.difficile by 30% and halving cases of MRSA.

Speaking at the International Healthcare Associated Infections Technology Summit, Ann Keen told NHS staff that more can still be done to tackle the problem of infections, including introducing revolutionary technology.

Ms Keen praised staff for more than halving MRSA infections and reducing C.difficile rates, but told delegates that the battle against healthcare infections goes on.

The minister toured an exhibition showcasing the latest in leading edge products which will form the next front in the battle to beat healthcare associated infections.

The technology included a temporary isolation room, which could be used to rapidly isolate patients who have contracted an infectious condition to prevent further spread, an infection resistant commode and a portable hand washing station.

The minister said: 'The innovations will be vital if we are to win the battle against infections. As a former nurse myself, I'm especially pleased that the ideas behind many of them came from NHS staff working on the frontline.'

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  • We are only encouraging bacteria to become more resistant as we throw more antibiotics at it. Fuel to the fire!
    Can't we see that we have created super bacteria? If so, how about if we use some common sense and back off of using so many drugs? Does the medical community need to be brought to it's knees by resistant staph before we wake up?

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    EUROPEAN SOCIETY OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY
    http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/eccmid15/abstract.asp?id=37436

    Abstract, Dr. Ronald Cutler:
    http://optimalhealthusa.com/files/ALLICIN_MRSA_DRCutler_Paper_1_.pdf


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