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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA): “missing the wood for the trees”

Peter J Collignon
Med J Aust 2008; 188 (12): 733-734.
Published online: 16 June 2008

In reply: I heartily endorse Chan’s comments. To control infections in our hospitals, we desperately need not only a change in governance, but also a change in attitude. Chief executives of all hospitals, as well as all clinicians (nurses and doctors), need to take personal responsibility for serious infections that occur frequently in our hospitals. To do so, they also need to know how often these infections occur. We need robust and transparent measures — for example, data on health care-associated Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections, including methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA),1 and deep-seated prosthetic joint infections.

  • Peter J Collignon

  • Infectious Diseases Unit and Microbiology Department, Canberra Hospital, Canberra, ACT.


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