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The latest Department of Health monthly statistics show that, for the first time since mandatory surveillance began in 2001, MRSA bloodstream infections across the NHS have been sustained at under 100 reported cases per month for the last six months

Nearly one out of every 20 hospitalized patients each year will develop a hospital-acquired infection (HAI). Of those infected, it is estimated that 100,000 will die. The cost to the healthcare system is approximately $45 billion and rising. Despite universally-accepted knowledge that hand hygiene among health care professionals is an intervention to reduce HAI, tools to encourage greater compliance among hospital staff have been largely ineffective

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