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News1990April › Mrsa: now wash your hands › April 1990

Mrsa: now wash your hands

It's been said that the greatest medical breakthrough was to get doctors to wash their hands, an observation that was made around 140 years ago

It's been said that the greatest medical breakthrough was to get doctors to wash their hands, an observation that was made around 140 years ago. Sadly it's still something they too rarely do, judging by the latest figures that show a rise of the deadly infection MRSA in UK hospitals. Cases have risen by nearly 4 per cent in the last year, which continues a pattern seen over the last decade.

In a wonderful piece of government-speak, Prof Pat Troop of the Health Protection Agency explains that the continual increase is due to advances in modern medicine that 'are now able to keep patients alive for longer'. So presumably, we have to bring in nasty infections to kill them off instead.

(Source: Department of Health website).

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