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Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the purpose is of the web based surveillance system for Clostridium difficile and MRSA; and if she will make a statement. (138648)

Web-based reporting systems were introduced for all cases of Clostridium difficile associated disease in patients aged two years and over from April 2007 and for all cases of bloodstream infection caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from October 2005.

These web-based systems replace the quarterly reports sent by trusts to the Health Protection Agency regional offices. They have been introduced to support initiatives to control and prevent healthcare associated infections. These systems allow more efficient collection of reports and enable trusts to enter data at any time and view their own data. They provide trusts with a more accurate picture and contribute to building a better evidence base regarding risk factors for infection as trusts can see the data to assess the effectiveness of the interventions to reduce infections.