MRSA Down 40 Percent in French Hospitals

PARIS, April 5 (UPI) — The number of cases of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus has decreased by 40 percent in French hospitals, researchers said.

Dr. Laetitia May-Michelangeli of the Ministry of Health and Sports and Dr. Christian Brun-Buisson, chairwoman of the national infection control program at Hospital Henri Mondor in Paris, and colleagues evaluated the the impact of new national surveillance program to reduce healthcare-acquired infections.

The researchers evaluated data compiled from mandatory annual reports of hospitals from 2005-2008. A random sampling of the hospitals’ annual reports was verified using health and sports ministry audits.

“Many of the target objectives have been achieved,” May-Michelangeli said in a statement. “Most healthcare facilities — 89 percent — have reached the best performance class for the global indicator of HAI control based on facility type, resources and activities.”

French media report the best and worst performing hospitals based on each facility’s annual report, May-Michelangeli said.

The findings were presented at the Fifth Decennial International Conference on Healthcare-Associated Infections.

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