MRSA and C difficile deaths continue to fall in England and Wales

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 27 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5278
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. 1London

Deaths involving Clostridium difficile and meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have fallen for the fifth year running in England and Wales, according to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, with MRSA deaths now at their lowest for nearly two decades.

The number of death certificates mentioning C difficile fell by 20% between 2011 and 2012, from 2053 to 1646.1 Death certificates mentioning MRSA fell by a similar proportion, from 364 in 2011 to 292 in 2012.2

The number of death certificates giving C difficile as the underlying cause of death was 674 in 2012 compared with 858 the previous year. …

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