The study which was carried out by The Journal of Internal Medicine has revealed that hospital acquired infections (HAI) contracted during medical treatment costs about $9 billion annually to treat.
The authors of the study suggested a clearer understanding of the costs to resolve HAI infections might help the healthcare community in putting more money towards infection prevention. In the United Kingdom deaths involving clostridium difficle (C-Diff) and MRSA have fallen for the fifth year running. These figures have been published by The Office for National Statistics. MRSA deaths are now running at their lowest level for nearly 20 years.
MRSA and C-Difficile death rates rise consistently with age and are highest among those aged 85 and over. Between 2008 and 2012 studies show that 86% of deaths from MRSA in England and Wales occurred in NHS hospitals while just under 10% were in care homes and 1.9% at home.
MRSA claims have been taken against Irish Hospitals and Nursing Homes and clean hand hygiene and other preventative measures are crucial in reducing the risk of this infection.