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Catheter-Associated Infection

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the impact on the NHS of catheter-associated infection in relation to vancomycin resistant enterocci.[130619]

This information is not available centrally.Voluntary surveillance data

' show that almost two-thirds of blood stream infections of known origin were associated with an intravascular device or device-related infections, such as a catheter associated urinary tract infection.

The second phase of the mandatory surveillance scheme for healthcare associated infection was recently introduced. From 1 September 2003, trusts will report blood stream infections due to glycopeptide resistant enterococci (including vancomycin resistant enterococci) and serious untoward incidents associated with infection.

1Public Health Laboratory Service. Nosocomial Infection National Surveillance Service. Surveillance of hospital acquired bacteraemia in English hospitals. 1997–2002.