Preventing and managing healthcare-associated infections: linking collective leadership, good management, good data, expertise, and culture change

Edwards, G. Journal of Hospital Infection. Published online: 2 June 2016
Image source: Rachel Kramer // CC BY 2.0

From the mid to late 1990s, intense media coverage of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the UK National Health Service (NHS) brought the issue to prominence, accompanied by an extensive political response. Around 3000 articles on MRSA were published in 12 UK newspapers between 1994 and 2005, compared with 21 articles in six major US newspapers. The UK articles emphasized personal narratives and focused primarily on environmental cleaning as a solution.1 Although more recent media coverage has expanded to include Clostridium difficile, MRSA has remained highly prominent in popular consciousness.

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