Monday, 1 November 2010

MRSA Infections More Prevalent in US than UK

MRSA infections are some of the deadliest hospital-acquired infections, accounting for approximately 90,000 illnesses every year. A new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compares MRSA infection rates between the USA and the UK. The results are not so surprising to Arizona medical malpractice attorneys, who are aware of the massive problems involved in controlling MRSA infections in hospitals and healthcare facilities in the US. The study shows that Americans are up to six times more likely to contract an MRSA infection than Britons.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this is the first-ever study that compares the rates of MRSA infections in both countries. The researchers looked at MRSA infection data, both from the CDC as well as the UK Health Protection Agency. Twenty-nine persons in every 100,000 in the United States contact an MRSA infection every year. In comparison, only 11 Britons out of every 100,000 contract the same infection.

The difference in infection rates is starker considering that the superbug was first discovered in the UK. In fact, MRSA didn't make it to the US until several years after it had first emerged in the UK. In spite of this, it seems to have gained a much stronger foothold in this country.

The research analysts have an explanation for these increased infection rates in the US. They believe that this could be because more Americans are in touch with hospitals and healthcare facilities than Britons. For instance, Americans who contracted the infection were at least twice as likely to have undergone dialysis. The United States has higher rates of dialysis for kidney failure than in the UK. Besides, Americans have higher diabetes rates, and are more likely to have had procedures that require the insertion of a central intravenous line. Both of these are high contributing factors to MRSA infections.

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