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 hospital with the infection having already acquired it in the community. Another factor affecting transmission includes the fact that some patients are more vulnerable to the infection due to their underlying medical condition or type of treatment.
"As such, we would urge caution when interpreting the increase in bacteraemias as reported by SCIEH, as no information has been collected on when or where the MRSAs were acquired.
"In addition, 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.
"Our own analysis of the Trust's hospitals' data suggests that there has been an increase in both patients from the community with the MRSA bacteraemia and in MRSA bacteraemias in one or two specific areas within our hospitals. These are areas where patients are more susceptible to infection due to medical condition and treatment type. The areas have already been identified and work is underway to address this issue.
"We are totally committed to reducing hospital-acquired infections and a number of successful quality improvement programmes have been in place for some time. Further work is ongoing to determine the cause of this apparent increase."
For further information please contact Emma Gregory on 0141 201 3964 or e-mail [email protected]