A study conducted by Queen's University and Antrim Area hospital has found that one in four residents of private nursing homes in the Northern Board area carry MRSA infection.
The researchers reached this conclusion after examining 1,111 residents and 553 staff in 45 homes located in this area from December 2005 to July 2007.
Advertisement"In hospitals routine checks are carried out to identify those most at risk of MRSA colonization (carrying it on their skin and/or nose) and infection control policies are put in place, but this is not always feasible in private nursing homes," said Dr Paddy Kearney, Consultant Medical Microbiologist with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.
The details of the study appear in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
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