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MRSA Home Treatment could save thousands

7 January, 2008

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson, North Belfast MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has welcomed a new report into the treatment of patients diagnosed with MRSA at home and said that such a scheme could save thousands here.

Ms Ní Chuilín said:

"This report highlights the huge amount of money spent keeping people diagnosed with MRSA in hospital when they could be safely and effectively treated at home. In many cases, although not all, people who are otherwise fit can be given antibiotics at home, once the infection had left their bloodstream.

"The report also highlights the fact that patients with MRSA spend an average of 11 extra days in hospital. The report recommends that individual trusts should look at provision by specialist teams. One London NHS Trust that tried such a scheme saved about £100,000 a year.

"If there was a proper management of such an initiative I believe that we could not just reduce the cost of treating hospital inquired infection but also take pressure off our hospitals and provide a better quality of treatment for patients.

"We need to see resources targeted at getting people out of hospital as quickly as possible, with support for community based services for people in their own homes. This would help to end the problems of bed blocking and hospital over-crowding.

"The refocusing of resources in the development of community based care is also central to not just tackling hospital infection but also improving overall care and public health." ENDS

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