HAIs such as C difficile and MRSA cost over £2,100 per case to treat in hospital

Marlyn Glen has been informed by Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon that the estimated cost of treating a case of a healthcare associated infection (HAI) in an acute hospital is, on average, an additional £2,105.

In a reply to a Parliamentary question tabled by Ms. Glen, the Health Secretary added that "the annual cost of HAI in acute hospitals in Scotland, in terms of both harm to patients and consumption of healthcare resources, is estimated to be around £183 million per year."

Ms. Glen said,

" The costs revealed in the treatment of HAIs such as C difficile and MRSA show that their prevention is everyone’s business - all hospital staff, patients and their visitors .

" The greater the degree of prevention achieved, the more millions of pounds of resources that can be released for alternative use in the NHS."

Health Protection Scotland Statistics reveal that there were 162 cases of C difficile in NHS Tayside and 250 cases in NHS Grampian between April and June of this year.

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