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Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 8 April 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have contracted (a) MRSA and (b) other hospital-acquired infections in NHS hospitals in Shropshire in the last five years. (325402)

Information on all healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) is not collected centrally. The mandatory surveillance system collects data on the following from acute trusts only: methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteraemias; Clostridium difficile infections (CDIs); glycopeptide-resistant enterococci bacteraemias (GREs); and selected orthopaedic surgical site infections (SSIs).

Surveillance data, including monthly MRSA and CDI information, are available on the Health Protection Agency’s (HPA) website at:

www.hpa.org.uk/web/HPAweb&HPAwebStandard/HPAweb_C/1244763936373

Information on MRSA, for the time period requested, is shown in the following table. All cases of MRSA bacteraemia are reported, meaning that the reports include infections both acquired in hospital and elsewhere.

Financial year

Trust

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Five-year total

Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust

2

0

2

0

0

4

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

47

39

49

35

16

186

Total

49

39

51

35

16

190

Note:

Data include infections, which may have been acquired in the community.

Source:

HPA

Up to 2007, cases of CDI in people aged 65 or over were reported. This information for the time period requested, is shown in the following table.

Financial year

Trust

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Five-year total

Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust

8

11

10

4 (4)

6 (6)

39

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

246

203

336

314 (174)

189 (76)

1,288

Total

254

214

346

318 (178)

195 (82)

1,327

Note:

Total number of reports given; figures in parentheses are ‘Trust apportioned’ cases (presumed to be hospital acquired).

Source:

HPA.

From 2007-08, CDI cases in those aged two or over were reported, plus those presumed to be hospital acquired (trust apportioned) were identified. This information for the time period requested, is shown in the following table

Financial year

Trust

2007-08

2008-09

Two-year total

Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust

8

6

14

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

208

94

302

Total

216

100

316

Note:

The figures presented are ‘Trust apportioned’, referring to infections that are presumed to be hospital acquired.

Source:

HPA.

Information on GRE bacteraemias, for the time period requested, is shown in the following table.

Year1

Trust

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust

0

0

0

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

7

6

3

Total

7

6

3

1 Data from 1 October to 30 September. The trusts did not submit data for 2007-08, and 2008-09 data are not yet published.

Source:

HPA.

Information on SSIs, from 2004-09, is available on the HPA’s website at:

www.hpa.org.uk/webc/HPAwebFile/HPAweb_C/1259151994683