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HCAI rates continue to fall

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Healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) within NHS trusts across England are still declining, figures from the Health Protection Agency reveal today.

There were 1,072 MRSA bacteraemia cases reported between July and September 2007, an 18% decrease on the 1,304 recorded in the previous quarter.

The six monthly rate (recorded between April and September 2007) was 1.24 cases per 10,000 bed days, compared to a rate of 1.77 in the previous six months.

Georgia Duckworth, head of the HPA’s healthcare-associated infection and antimicrobial resistance department, said: ‘This continued decrease in MRSA bloodstream infections is a major achievement against the seemingly unstoppable rise that we saw throughout the 1990s. Latest figures show a continuing downward trend, despite a backdrop of increasing workloads and complex patient needs.’

Clostridium difficile rates also continued to fall, with 10,734 recorded cases in patients 65 and over compared with 13,669 the previous quarter – a 21% decrease. In patients aged between two and 64 years there was a decrease of 14% from 2,887 to 2,496.

The full set of figures can viewed on the HPA website.

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