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  1. Hospital superbug spreading faster

    Posted Jun 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com A deadly superbug usually associated with hospitals is spreading fast in the community and becoming more resistant to drugs, health chiefs say. The number of cases of MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)among people who have not been treated in hospital hit a record high of 624 last year, more than triple the 173 cases seen in 2007, ...

  2. Hospital Authority aims to match British success

    Posted May 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Irene Jay Liu irenejay.liu@scmp.com Hong Kong seeks to emulate Britain in its fight against superbug infections, but it isn't easy, says the Hospital Authority's infection control chief. Britain slashed hospital MRSA blood infections by 70 per cent in five years. In Hong Kong, infection rates have dropped 12 per cent for hospitals providing acute services since ...

  3. Hospitals urged to clarify superbug-infection figures

    Posted Apr 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ella Lee How many patients have died of superbug infections at Hong Kong public hospitals? It's a mystery. This is so although the Hospital Authority has made the control of drug-resistant bacteria one of its key performance indicators. And since last year, public hospitals have had their annual funding pegged to competence in controlling bloodstream infections of the most ...

  4. Superbug figures to be released by public hospitals

    Posted May 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ella Lee Hong Kong public hospitals will start releasing information about severe superbug infections regularly, a step which experts had urged as essential for improving hospitals' performance in preventing disease spread. The South China Morning Post reported last month that the Hospital Authority did not disclose infection figures at individual hospitals and the number ...

  5. 30pc given antibiotics in public hospitals

    Posted Apr 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ella Lee Thirty per cent of patients admitted to public hospitals are given antibiotics, a Hospital Authority audit shows. A third of these are given two types of antibiotics. And 3 per cent of all patients suffer various kinds of infections after admission. Some of the hospital-acquired infections are caused by drug-resistant bacteria, the so-called superbugs, the audit ...

  6. Hospitals to get rules for drug-resistant germs

    Posted Aug 31st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Yuk-hang Public hospitals across the city are adopting for the first time a unified set of guidelines on treating drug- resistant superbugs, as a top doctor warned that some bacteria ... will be adopted across the Hospital Authority's seven groups of hospitals around the city. Dr Dominic Tsang Ngai-chong, the authority's infection control officer, said the guidelines were ...

  7. Superbug rampant in 'dirty' hospitals

    Posted Mar 11th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Maggie Ng A microbiologist has called for an urgent overhaul of hospital hygiene to stop the spread of a bacteria that has developed multi-drug resistance and infects thousands of patients ... treated in hospitals. Acinetobacter, a genus of bacteria commonly found in soil and water, poses little risk to healthy people. It preys on those with poor immunity and most commonly strikes ...

  8. Patient dies, another critical in hospital

    Posted Jan 06th 2010, 12:00am by Danny Mok

    ... Danny Mok A man, 68, with tuberculous meningitis and pneumonia- and who also contracted swine flu- died at Shatin Hospital on New Year's Day. He was admitted at Prince of Wales Hospital on September 1 with flu symptoms and moved several times between both hospitals. Anoher man, 51, with a history of diabetes and lung disease was in critical condition with swine flu ...

  9. Doctor, nurse let off after two hospital bungles

    Posted Jan 12th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Kang-chung A nurse and a doctor at Prince of Wales Hospital have been let off after being involved in two medical blunders in the past month, in which two newborn babies were given the wrong treatment. The Sha Tin-based public hospital was satisfied that the incidents were not serious, and kept them from the public domain until the media exposed them yesterday. The victim ...

  10. Another error at hospital affects babies

    Posted Aug 26th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Yuk-hang Queen Elizabeth Hospital recorded its second mistake involving babies in two weeks, after a nurse injected five newborns with a vaccine that had been diluted two days before and should have been used within four hours of dilution. On Sunday morning, a nurse in the hospital's postnatal ward injected four boys and one girl with BCG (bacillus Calmette-Guerin) vaccine ...




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