Cuts warning on wards as rates of C diff hit record low

According to Scotland, figures, rates of the deadly hospital infection Clostridium difficile among elderly patients are at their lowest level.

Since monitoring began in 2003 MRSA rates were the second-lowest as per the Information shown for the first three months of this year. But critics had warned that financial restrain could affect the matter as the numbers of cleaners in the hospital wards are getting reduced

This week, The Scotsman voiced concerns that Scotland like England was not publishing hospital by hospital data for MRSA and C difficile week.

According to the latest figures from Health Protection Scotland there were 117 cases of MRSA in the first quarter of the year, the same as the previous quarter, but it was less by 31 per cent compared to the same time of the previous year.

Cases of C difficile amounted to 641 in patients who were more than 65 years in age. It was down by 4.6% from the previous quarter and it is 44% less than what it was in 2009.

The cases of C difficile was less in the patient of age group 15-65 it was just 194 which is less by 17% from the previous quarter.

According to Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon the figures clearly portrayed that the measures taken to prevent hospital infections yielded results. But more could still be done to give patients more protection. Rates of C. diff and MRSA in Scottish hospitals have continued to reduce over the past year

The Scottish government, in the priority list has placed the tackling of hospital acquired infections on top.

The health Secretary stated that the government is not complacent about the matter and the health department has announced that they want the C difficile infection rates to reduce in the tune of 50% in patients over 65 years by
2011 March.