Number of patients acquiring infections in hospitals falls by a fifth in five years

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 22 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3664
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

The number of hospital associated infections in English hospitals fell by a fifth between 2006 and 2011, says a new report from the Health Protection Agency.

The agency’s fourth point prevalence survey of healthcare associated infections found a total of 3360 diagnoses between September and November 2011 in England.1 This number represents 6.4% of hospital patients, down from 8.2% when the last survey was carried out in 2006.

Enterobacteria such as Escherichia coli are the organisms most often associated with healthcare associated infections in English hospitals and should be the focus for improved infection control measures.

Just under two thirds (60%) of NHS acute trusts in England took part in the voluntary survey, …

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