Over 45,000 NHS Patients Infected By MRSA And C Diff In 2006

Over 45,000 patients contracted MRSA or C difficile in NHS Hospitals in 2006. Those figures have been published by the government’s Health Protection Agency and include only those cases reported in the first 9 months of the year, so the figures for the whole year are certain to be far worse.

C difficile, or Clostridium difficile, is an organism found in the bowel of a small percentage of the population. Under certain conditions, such as during the use of some antibiotics, the organism grows unchecked and this can cause inflammation of the bowel and diarrhoea. It can, in some cases, lead to death. The organism is readily treated with special anitbiotics. The infection can be spread from patient to patient through poor hygiene.

The Health Protection Agency report stated that there were over 42,000 cases of C difficile reported during the first 9 months of 2006. The BBC report that in 2004, over 2,000 deaths were linked to C difficile.

MRSA is a strain of bacteria that is resistant to common antibiotics. It too can spread through poor hygiene. It can be treated with special antibiotics.

The Health Protection Agency reported that the rate of infection with MRSA had fallen, although more than 3,000 patients were infected in the first 9 months of 2006. The BBC report that in 2004, over 1,000 deaths were linked to MRSA.

If you have been affected by a hospital acquired infection, we may be able to help.

Posted 30th January 2007 | Posted in News,Uncategorised