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MRSA blood infections

MRSA – or meticillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus – is a common bacterial infection which around one in three people have on their skin. In most cases it is harmless and you won’t know you have it.

MRSA is a problem in hospitals because there is an increased risk that it will get into a wound and the blood will become infected. Because it is resistant to many antibiotics it is difficult to treat. MRSA blood infections – sometimes called MRSA bacteraemias – are rare, but can lead to serious complications.

What's the standard?

In April 2013 the Department of Health introduced a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to avoidable MRSA infections, confirming that no preventable MRSA blood infection is acceptable.

How are we doing?

Our recent performance:

  • September 2016 – 1 MRSA blood infection
  • August – 0
  • July – 0

MRSA blood infections are rare and we continue to work hard to avoid these. Each case is investigated so any lessons can be learnt.

How you can help us

If you have previously been identified as having MRSA, or have been in close contact with someone who has, please tell our staff before you come into hospital or when you are admitted. This allows us to provide the best possible care for you.

Washing your hands can reduce your risk of infection. Please wash your hands after using the toilet and before eating or drinking, and encourage your visitors to do the same.

Find out more

For more information, see NHS Choices.

Got a question?

If you have a question about or comment on this information, please contact the communications team at communicationsteam@gstt.nhs.uk.

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MRSA blood infection in September 2016.

Help prevent infection – wash your hands

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of infections is to wash your hands.

Even if they look clean, your hands can still carry many germs. That's why cleaning hands regularly is so important.

 

 

Page last updated: December 7 2016