Patients in acute trusts in England are more likely to have a healthcare associated infection (HCAI) than those in Wales or Northern Ireland.
Parallel surveys of HCAI prevalence in acute trusts found 5.4% of inpatients in Northern Ireland had an HCAI, compared to 6.4% and 8.2% for Wales and England, respectively.
But MRSA and C. difficile rates were lower in Welsh patients than those in Northern Ireland and England.
The surveys involved over 58,000 patients in England, 5,700 in Wales and 3,600 in Northern Ireland. A similar study is currently being undertaken in Scotland.