Navigation Links
Hospital Infection Affecting Patients in Scotland

A new survey suggests that one in ten patients pick up secondary infection like MRSA at the hospitals in Scotland while being treated. The study found 9.5 per cent of people in acute hospitals had a healthcare associated infection (HAI) and it cost the health service 183m a year.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said it was the most comprehensive study ever undertaken into the extent of infections in Scotland's hospitals. Investigators from Health Protection Scotland (HPS) visited every adult acute hospital, and some smaller ones, in Scotland. They recorded how many patients were being treated on the day and how many had developed infections while there. It recorded the presence of all types of infections on the day of the survey. It found that prevalence of HAI was 9.5% in acute hospitals and 7.3% in community hospitals.

Healthcare associated infections (HAIs) can range from minor skin and eye problems to super bugs such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile. It causes severe diarrhoea and illness and in the most serious cases can lead to death.

Nicola Sturgeon has promised tougher action to end the scandal of patients falling ill in the place they go to recover. She said infections are most prevalent in elderly, medical and surgical wards.

Experts and campaigners last night said that HAIs continued to be a problem because of poor hygiene in hospitals and a lack of isolation facilities. Professor Hugh Pennington, Scotland's leading microbiologist, said more attention was also needed to ensure that only patients who needed antibiotics were receiving them to help tackle drug resistance.

Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to step up efforts to combat HAI. She plans to introduce an MRSA screening programme for those going into hospital. It would also target skin and soft tissue infections, reducing blood stream infections and would try and use additional data to tackle infection rates in medical and elderly wards.

The survey found almost all of the infections of the super bug clostridium difficile were found in elderly and medical wards She said if infections were cut by 30 per cent, the NHS could save 55 million a year. Ms Sturgeon said this money could pay for an extra 8,000 patients to be treated.

Willie Duffy, from health union Unison, said that the quality of cleaning in hospitals had declined since the introduction of competitive tendering of hospital cleaning in the 1980s and the continuing outsourcing of cleaning at PFI hospitals.

In one of his first acts as Secretary of State for Health, Alan Johnson has committed 50m of additional funds to tackle healthcare-associated infections at the same time has doubling the size of the Department of Health's (DH) Infection Improvement Team.

Prof Curtis Gemmell, a national adviser on MRSA and hospital infections, said the problem had been made worse by improper use of antibiotics.

He said: "The organism has developed resistance to many of the antibiotics we use in hospital."


Related medicine news :

1. Oracle Corp. to help build worlds first "Digital Hospital"
2. Apollo Hospitals to consider listing on US Bourses in 2003
3. The World Bank funds private Hospital in India
4. Link Between Hyperglycemia & Hospital Mortality
5. Reducing The Rate Of Hospital Acquired Infections
6. Home-based Treatment For Eczema More Effective Compared To Hospital Care
7. Hospital asked to Compensate Victim – Judgment by Delhi High Cour
8. Apollo Hospitals Collaborates With Histostem For Stem Cell Therapy
9. Indian Hospitals – A Destination For Quality Medical Care
10. Blood Goes Down the Drain in Bihar Hospital
11. Myth Of Childhood Vaccinations Linked To Increased Hospitalization Busted
Post Your Comments:

(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Experts from the American Institutes ... Research Meeting June 26-28, 2016, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. , ... advance care planning, healthcare costs and patient and family engagement. , AIR researchers ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Miami, FL (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... The temporary closing of Bruton ... Plant City Observer , brings up a new, often overlooked aspect of head lice: ... The closing for fumigation is not a common occurrence, but a necessary one in the ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... First Choice Emergency Room , the largest network ... the Medical Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , “We are pleased ... location,” said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room. ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... recover from injury. Recently, he has implemented orthobiologic procedures as a method for ... is one of the first doctors to perform the treatment. Orthobiologics are substances ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of moderation, whether it’s a ... the bar too high can result in disappointment, perhaps even self-loathing. However, those who ... , Research from reveals that behind the tendency to set ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition ... - Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. ... to date financial data derived from varied research sources to ... potential impact on the market during the next five years, ... of sub markets, regional and country level analysis. The report ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016 , , ... July 7, 2016 , , , , LOCATION: , , ... , , , EXPERT PANELISTS:  , , , Frost & ... Analyst, Christi Bird; Senior Industry Analyst, Divyaa Ravishankar and Unmesh Lal, ... The global pharmaceutical industry is witnessing an exceptional era. Several new ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Guerbet announced today that it has been named a ... One of 12 suppliers to receive the ... of Premier members through exceptional local customer service and ... lower costs. "We ... customer service from Premier," says Massimo Carrara , ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: