Intended for healthcare professionals


Bacteria in hospital . . . and other stories

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 05 January 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:i6825

Don’t blame the staff for staph…but only in this instance.

We enjoyed reading the comprehensive study of Price et al. (1) as recently précised by Minerva.

However, this conclusion is entirely predicated on the presence of good infection prevention and control measures.

Furthermore, in relation to the presence of standard infection prevention and control measures, how was this monitored to provide assurance that all these measures including the practice of staff were being implemented and adhered to? We would be interested to know what toolkits were used to ensure effectiveness of these measures and what criteria were used to ascertain what is acceptable and what is not.

It should not be forgotten that staff can always have the potential to spread Staph if adherence to infection prevention and control practices deteriorate.

1. Vol 17 February 2017

Competing interests: No competing interests

30 January 2017
Walid Al-Wali
Consultant Medical Microbiologist/Director for Infection Prevention and Control
Christopher Hughes,Clinical Scientist and Manager of the Microbiology Department
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust
Moorgate Road,Oakwood,Rotherham,S60 2UD,UK