Letters Rapid screening for MRSA

Preventing infections from cannulas reduces MRSA

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39577.440741.3A (Published 15 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1085
  1. Mark Melzer, consultant microbiologist,
  2. Lindsey Bain, infection control doctor,
  3. Yasmin J Drabu, medical director
  1. 1Department of Microbiology, Queen’s Hospital, Barking, Havering and Redbridge Trust, Romford, Essex RM7 0AG
  1. mark.melzer{at}bhrhospitals.nhs.uk

We have shown through bacteraemia surveillance (June 2003-December 2006) that 19 of 118 episodes (16.1%) of bacteraemia due to hospital acquired MRSA on medical and surgical wards were secondary to infected insertion sites of peripheral cannulas. In June 2007, King George Hospital, Barking, Havering and Redbridge Trust implemented a programme aimed to reduce these infections. This followed guidance in the “Saving Lives” programme.1 Skin decontamination devices …

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