Friday, 6 January 2012

Disgustingly Inaccurate

Number of superbugs in NHS hospitals reaches an al.. | News | Health Insurance | ActiveQuote

I honestly cannot remember how I came across this page - that is the problem with social media and smartphones/pads - information overload! The title of the piece however is so spivvishly inaccurate as to deserve comment. Healthcare acquired infections are a big avoidable cause of patient morbidity and health dollar consumption in all healthcare sectors. In the NHS, the emphasis has until now been on those HCAIs caused by microbes associated with overprescription of antibiotics - so called superbugs. These are MRSA (methicillin resistant staph aureus) and Clostridium Difficile. The majority of infections in hospital are however NOT caused by superbugs but by 'commonorgardenbugs'. These infections are now for the first time being measured in the NHS - hence the increase in number. Superbug infections are now genuinely rare in NHS hospitals.
The fact that this story appears on a site that is trying to sell private health insurance makes it even more distasteful.