Cutting MRSA infections

December 8th, 2014 Category: Local Authority & Housing

MRSA infections continue to be a major problem in many NHS hospitals today.

However, proper cleanliness and more robust hygiene rules, may be one way that local authorities, in conjunction with medical healthcare providers can help to clamp down on the problem.

Hand hygiene is particularly important in the fight against the deadly bacteria. Findings published within the Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control, revealed there is a link between improved hand hygiene compliance and reduction in MRSA acquisition and infections, including bacteremia.

It concluded that ensuring hands are clean during patient care is one of the main ways to cut down on MRSA. However, the study results are inconclusive and further research is needed to analyse the precise role it plays in cutting the rate of infection.

The general cleanliness and condition of hospitals is another determining factor of MRSA infection and this is why risk control is such an important element in the fight against the disease.

A separate study published by Paul Fenn, Norwich Union professor of Insurance Studies in the Nottingham University Business School looked at data from all NHS hospitals in the UK between 2001 and 2005.

It analysed everything from the size of the hospital, to risk management and infection control. 

The study found that in hospitals where thorough risk management practices were implemented, the incidence of infection was reduced by 11 and 20 per cent.

Commenting on the study, Professor Fenn said: “Our research has demonstrated that hospital management has responded to financial incentives by adopting higher risk management standards, and where this happens, patient safety tends to improve.” 

Another way of cutting MRSA rates is to ensure that the risk of cross-infection is eliminated or at least severely reduced, through effective cleaning methods.