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MRSA

We treat more than a million people each year; but despite our patient numbers rising year-on-year, the number of people infected with MRSA in our hospitals continues to remain low:

 

Financial Year

Number of MRSA Blood Stream Infections

2008/2009

14

2009/2010

13

2010/2011

13

2011/2012

9

2012/2013

2

2013/2014

3

2014/2015

6

2015/2016

1

 

What is MRSA? 

MRSA is the common name for the bacteria Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus It is also sometimes called a “superbug” and is a form of the common bacteria Staphlyococcus aureus (SA) which has become resistant to some antibiotic treatments.

Like many other bacteria it can live on your skin and inside your nose. Healthy people do not usually have any ill effects from MRSA bacteria and can go about their daily lives normally.

Problems may arise when the MRSA gets inside the body. It may be more difficult to treat as the MRSA is resistant to a lot of the commonly used antibiotics.

Links to further information: 

MRSA - NHS Choices 
MRSA Support Group - for patients and carers

MRSA Screening – Statement of Compliance

9 December 2010

In line with the Department of Health Guidance 2 and 3 (Gateway 11123 and 13482), the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust has reviewed and extended its MRSA screening arrangements to include screening for all eligible elective and emergency patients

The Trust can confirm it is compliant with the MRSA Screening Policy in the Department of Health Gateway Numbers 11123 and 13482 (Elective and Emergency MRSA Screening)

Compliance with the MRSA Screening Policy and Guidelines is monitored monthly

The Trust’s MRSA Screening Policy is available on both the Trust’s internet and intranet sites for all Trust staff and the general public

 If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Infection Prevention Team on 0116 258 5448