A spokeswoman for North Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust said:
"The acquisition of MRSA is complex and many factors can affect its transmission in hospitals or healthcare facilities.
"For example, patients can arrive at a hospital with the infection having already acquired it in the community or in another hospital. In addition, some patients are more vulnerable to the infection due to their underlying medical condition or type of treatment, such as renal patients or complex cardiac surgery.
"Those hospitals providing complex cases and procedures, and those providing tertiary services where many patients may be referred from other hospitals, will inevitably therefore experience higher rates of bacteraemias.
"North Glasgow Trust is the biggest acute trust in Scotland, dealing with more complex patients than any other Scottish Trust. When viewed in a UK context, the bacteraemia rate at North Glasgow Trust is on a par with the average rate in similar Trusts, made up of large teaching hospitals dealing with complex cases and procedures, in England and Wales. The figures published by SCIEH today are therefore not unexpected.
"We are totally committed to reducing hospital-acquired infections and a number of ongoing quality improvement programmes are achieving real successes, in areas such as the reduction of catheter-related bloodstream infection rates."
For further information please contact Sandra Moir on 0141 201 4314 or e-mail [email protected]