MRSA report points finger at care homes
Controversy surrounds a study in Leicester which has suggested that the virulent bacteria MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) is coming into hospitals from care homes. Researchers for the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust say they have found that 50 per cent of people with the MRSA bacteria came from either care homes or community hospitals. The Trust admits that the sample is still very small and is only an indicator. The figures were derived from just six patients in a one month period, three bringing the bacteria in from outside care homes. However investigators from local media say they have been told differently – that the figures are in fact derived from18 patients over a three month period, with again the same 50 per cent division. Unsurprisingly, care home organisations have reacted critically to the figures, with National care Association chief executive Sheila Scott saying it was hospitals that were at fault for allowing patients to return to care homes with the infections.