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Golden Staph in Australian Hospitals

By Ntp 2 July 2007 3

OneNews NZ has this interesting news item on the prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), golden staph to you or I, in Australian hospitals. Much of the article relies of quotes from Professor Peter Collignon, director of the Infectious Diseases Unit at Canberra Hospital.

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emd 2:53 pm 03 Jul 07

I was listening to 666 yesterday morning, and the Prof was saying that about 10% of the patients who get this infection end up dead as a result. So it certainly sounds like it’s worth making the effort to wash hands properly.

VicePope 7:44 pm 02 Jul 07

Whenever I hear Professor Collignon speak, I listen (eg, recently in relation to recycled water and now this). Apart from his manifest good sense and the moderate nature of what he says, I have reason to trust the man whose skill and knowledge was a large part of saving the life of a family member who was expected to die. If, for a few bucks a head, we can prevent a lot of people from becoming very sick and many of them from dying, it’s a worthwhile thing.

Tack 5:14 pm 02 Jul 07

FWIW – last time I was associated with the infection control field in Canberra (18 months ago) We had the second lowest MRSA rate in Australia next to Hobart – much of this due to the (entirely appropriate) “paranoia” of Collignon and his team 😀 . I await further developments with interest!

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