Are meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infection targets fair to those with other types of healthcare-associated infection or cost-effective?

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UK Nation at Health Service Trust hospitals are required to report meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infection (MRSA BSI) and also have targets for their reduction. We argue that the MRSA BSI target influences local priorities, and that the high priority given to control of MRSA BSI is not fair or cost-effective when account is taken of the much larger number of patients who develop other types of serious hospital-acquired infection. Reasons for infection control priorities should be made explicit. Use of a formal and reasoned process of priority setting would also counteract the potential, distortion of local priorities by national targets. (c) 2008 The Hospital. Infection Society. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All. rights reserved.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalThe Journal of hospital infection
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2008


  • cost-effectiveness, MRSA, fairness, targets