During a routine examination of babies at Glasgow's southern general hospital, six of them were found to carry the MRSA bug on their skin. Thankfully, the infection was not that serious to have caused harm to the infants.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA is harmful only when it enters the body through a cut or a wound; mere presence on the skin does not cause harm.
AdvertisementA spokesperson for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: "We can confirm that our infection control team have been inspecting six babies with MRSA on their skin at the specialist baby care unit at the Southern General. The cases were identified following routine testing, and there was no cause for concern for any of the babies, who have all been discharged."
She confirmed that the unit is operating as normal.
The news is close on the heels of the recent regulations by the Scottish Government to ensure better hygiene in hospitals. A "zero tolerance" hygiene policy will soon be in place and the staffs who do not comply with the regulations will face disciplinary action.
An aide to the health secretary, said "Hand hygiene is an important part of our drive to tackle healthcare associated infection. NHS Scotland has met the target to achieve at least 90 per cent compliance. We are now adopting a zero tolerance approach to non compliance and all (health] boards are expected to implement this policy from January 2009. It is unacceptable for staff to fail to comply with hand hygiene guidance. All staff must ensure the safest possible environment for patients. Zero tolerance means just that, and all staff should be in no doubt that, the highest standards are expected. Those who fail to comply will face action."