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Hospital Acquired Infection

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

20. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest estimate is of the number of people who (a) acquired infections and (b) died from infections acquired in hospital in the last 12 months. (274118)

Best available surveillance data show 3,208 methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and 40,704 Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) reports in 2008 and 910 Glycopeptide resistant Enterococci reports in October 2006 to September 2007 and 418 surgical site infections in orthopaedic surgery in April 2007 to March 2008.

In 2007, the Office for National Statistics recorded 460 deaths where MRSA and 4,056 deaths where Clostridium difficile was mentioned on the death certificate as the underlying cause.

Latest figures show MRSA infections are down 38 per cent. on the same quarter in 2007, and C. difficile infections in patients over two years old are down 35 per cent. on the same quarter in 2007.