Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust has
successfully managed to reduce MRSA infection in its hospitals by avoiding
administering intravenous injections.
The Trust said that instead they were using cannulae,
which had allowed doctors to monitor for the signs of infection. Since November
last year this practice has been in use and there have been no new instances of
"It is well known that cannulae can cause
bloodstream infections, such as MRSA, which is why we were so keen to make
these changes," said Dr Chris Gordon, consultant physician and divisional
director for medicine at the Trust.
The Trust also said
that MRSA infections could be combated nationwide if all other Trusts followed
the same practice.