Healthcare Associated Infection

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 3rd March 2006.

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Photo of Richard Lochhead Richard Lochhead Scottish National Party

Question S2W-23489

To ask the Scottish Executive in how many deaths MRSA was mentioned on the death certificate in each of the last five years and in how many of these cases MRSA was the underlying cause of death, broken down by NHS board area.

Photo of Andy Kerr Andy Kerr Labour

The information requested is given in the following table.

These data should be treated with great caution: detailed information on healthcare associated infections (HAIs) as a cause of death from specific infections can be difficult or impossible to interpret safely. As at the end of 2004 there was no international code for recording MRSA as a cause of death: the MRSA data above were obtained by analysing the full cause of death text recorded by certifying doctors. In addition, detailed recording of specific HAIs as a cause of death is often influenced by the general level of professional and public awareness of that HAI at the time.

Deaths Involving MRSA

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NHS Board of Residence20002001200220032004
(a) Deaths where MRSA was Mentioned on the Death Certificate
Scotland109136155170188
Argyll and Clyde499912
Ayrshire and Arran8911109
Borders46452
Dumfries and Galloway56578
Fife91482221
Forth Valley110866
Grampian148111114
Greater Glasgow1618263234
Highland13566
Lanarkshire124141620
Lothian2331413332
Orkney00100
Shetland01100
Tayside1216111222
Western Isles01012
(b) Deaths where MRSA was the Underlying Cause of Death - Included in (a) above
Scotland3536463942
Argyll and Clyde35406
Ayrshire and Arran11421
Borders01211
Dumfries and Galloway01002
Fife42282
Forth Valley16212
Grampian43311
Greater Glasgow4613119
Highland10121
Lanarkshire50376
Lothian861045
Orkney00000
Shetland00000
Tayside45226
Western Isles00000

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