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MRSA death data published

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The results of a two-year study into MRSA-related deaths were published by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and the Office for National Statistics today.

An expert panel reviewed the cases of 38 patients who died within 30 days of contracting MRSA, and 18 patients who were known to have MRSA documented on their death certificates.

Using information from patient records and interviews with healthcare staff, the panel concluded that MRSA was the main or contributing cause of death in 22 of the 38 cases. They also said that MRSA contributed to nearly half of the deaths of the 18 patients who had the disease documented on their death certificates.

Georgia Duckworth, head of the HPA’s Health Care Associated Infection department, said the study highlighted several areas of patient care that needed addressing, and that the results would be used to help improve practice.

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