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Hospital infections at all-time low in Scotland

New stats show reduction in C.difficile and MRSA in Scottish hospitals

Jo Carlowe

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Hospital infections are at an all-time low in Scotland, according to the most recent data.

Clostridium difficile among the over 65s in Scotland and cases of MRSA are at their lowest since recording began.

The figures, published by Health Protection Scotland, show that strenuous efforts to crack down on hospital infections are reaping rewards for patients.

From July to September 2010 there were: 73 MRSA cases - down 7.6% (from 79) on the previous quarter and down 27.7% (from 101) when compared with the same quarter last year.

There were 575 C.difficile cases in over 65s - down 28.6% (from 805) when compared year-on-year and down 0.5% (from 578) on the previous quarter. In 15-64 year-olds there were 204 cases of C.difficile, down from 38% (from 327) when compared with the previous year (although up 24% when compared with the previous quarter).

The figures also show a reduction of 42% in C.difficile rates for the year October 2009 - September 2010, when compared with the previous year.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: "I've made tackling hospital infections a top priority and these figures are further confirmation that the initiatives we have put in place - coupled with the efforts of health boards and hospital staff and the scrutiny of the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate - are making a difference.”

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