Deaths involving MRSA: England and Wales, 2008 to 2012

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Great Britain. Office for National Statistics
Office for National Statistics
Date of publication
22 August 2013
Statistical bulletin
Health Services
Social welfare
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This bulletin presents the latest figures for deaths where MRSA was mentioned or was identified as the underlying cause of death on death certificates. Figures are presented for England and Wales by sex, age group and place of death. Comparisons are made between data for 2012, the latest year, and previously published data from 1993 onwards. Information is given about the context and use of the statistics, and the methods used to produce them.

The number of death certificates mentioning Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) fell by 20 per cent from 364 in 2011 to 292 in 2012. Of the 292 death certificates mentioning MSRA, 38 (13 per cent) also identified this organism as the underlying cause of death. MRSA death rates have consistently fallen in recent years. The latest figures show that rates decreased by 79 per cent in males and 76 per cent in females between 2008 and 2012.

In the period 2008–12, MRSA death rates increased with age and were higher for males than for females. In the period 2008–12, MRSA was involved in 0.1 per cent of all deaths and 0.2 per cent of all hospital deaths.