Much work is still needed despite positive changes
The number of MRSA bloodstream infections has decreased and the NHS is closer to its target of halving the number by 2008. There were 3,391 reported cases of MRSA in England between April and September 2006, a reduction of 5% from the same period in 2005. The increase in Clostridium difficile infections has also slowed significantly, although numbers are still on the rise.
Despite these positive changes, much more work is needed to ensure that everyone knows their role and makes their contribution to effective infection prevention and control. The "Saving Lives" delivery programme at www.clean-safe-care.nhs.uk provides the tools and techniques for organisations and individuals to reduce infections.
Trusts have now applied for 90% of a £50 million government fund to help hospitals install new facilities to tackle infections.