An expert has said that targeted cleaning is the key to reducing hospital infections. MRSA could be reduced if focus in on objects which people frequently touch rather than on “catch-all blitzes”.
Microbiologist Dr Stephanie Dancer found bed linen, gowns and tables were a common cause for the superbug, appose to floors.
The MRSA rate has fallen in recent years with just 6,000 new cases in the last 12 months. However hospital infections have not fallen fast enough for the government’s target to half MRSA rates by next year, according to 2004 figures.
Dr Stephanie Dancer emphasises the need to clean handled objects included Door handles, bed-rails, furniture and taps. As these are all common causes.
She also claimed that the cleaning did not even need to be done with state-of-the-art cleaning agents, hot soapy water would do.
There we are then, hospitals have absolutely no excuses!