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Reporting healthcare associated infections should be mandatory, says audit office

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2419 (Published 12 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2419
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

    The UK government has been urged to introduce mandatory surveillance of all infections associated with health care after a report showed that many are on the increase.

    The National Audit Office commended the Department of Health in its report for reducing rates of meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile, but repeated calls that had been made in earlier reports that mandatory surveillance on all healthcare associated infections was needed.

    The Health Protection Agency runs a voluntary surveillance scheme, and according to data it has received from hospitals the number of reports of bloodstream infections has increased from 80 000 in 2003 to 105 000 in 2007. However, the …

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