Superbugs MRSA and Clostridium difficile killing record numbers of patients
Extracts from the Telegraph:
"MRSA and Clostridium difficile were linked to more than 8,000 deaths in England and Wales in 2006, up from 5,300 the previous year.
The first ever breakdown of deaths from both infections by location released by the Office for National Statistics shows that the vast majority of patients died from the bugs in hospital.
The deadly infections also killed small numbers of patients in nursing homes and hospices."
"Worst ten hospitals for deaths from superbugs
Number of deaths from MRSA 2002 - 2006
Derriford Hospital, Plymouth 94
Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth 81
Maelor Hospital, Wrexham 79
Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton 77
Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton 75
General Infirmary, Leeds 70
Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge 68
Birmingham Heartlands Hospital 67
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital 65
General Hospital, Southampton 64
Number of deaths from C difficile 2002 - 2006
Royal United Hospital, Bath 268
George Eliot Hospital, Nuneaton 235
Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry 233
Royal Infirmary, Leicester 203
General Hospital, Kettering 200
Birmingham Heartlands Hospital 177
General Hospital, Leicester 169
Frimley Park Hospital 164
Sunderland Royal Hospital 152
General Hospital, Southampton 149"