Government is tracking two infectious diseases running rampant in UK hospitals: MRSA and C. Diff. And rightly so. They had a serious problem (have a serious problem?) with these two diseases. Except that doesn't cover the broader issue of infections generally.
Many dangerous infections are on the rise in hospitals across the country, despite ministers claims they are winning the fight against the two most notorious superbugs MRSA and C. difficile.Statistics that miss 80 percent of the problem are pretty poor statistics.
The failure to monitor the other bugs - which account for 80 per cent of all infections - means it is impossible to know how many people are dying from infections they pick up in hospital, MPs warn.
And it isn't a small problem.
Every year more than 300,000 patients in England acquire an infection in hospital.A lot of infections. Ignoring 80 percent of that number is worse than dishonest.
A voluntary reporting system run by the Health Protection Agency found that bloodstream infections in hospitals rose by 30 per cent between 2003 and 2007.Drug-resistant forms of disease are getting to be a real problem.
Cases of E-coli, which account for around one in five bloodstream infections, rose by 33 per cent over the same time, and cases of Klebsiella bacteria, which can cause pneumonia, by a similar amount. Cases of MSSA, a bacteria similar to MRSA, increased by 9 per cent.
All three infections can be as deadly as MRSA, the report warns, and analysis shows that E-coli and Klebsiella infections are becoming increasingly resistant to key antibiotics.