Fighting MRSA and C.difficile – development underway for a hand-held detection system – 18 May 2009

Posted on May 19, 2009. Filed under: Health Technology Assessment, Infection Control, Pathology |

Fighting MRSA and C.difficile

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* Submitted by: Cambridge Design Partnership
* Monday, 18 May 2009

“Universal Sensors, Nottingham Trent University and Cambridge Design Partnership to help in the fight against the hospital superbugs, C.difficile and MRSA.

Universal Sensors Ltd (Cambridge, UK), Nottingham Trent University (Nottingham, UK) and Cambridge Design Partnership (Cambridge, UK) have entered into a strategic alliance to develop a hand-held system to detect the hospital superbugs, C.difficile and MRSA. The collaboration is funded through the new Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), in contracts that were awarded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under its Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme, the results of which were announced on 15th May 2009.

The control of Health Care Associated Infections (HAIs) and improving the cleanliness of hospitals are primary objectives for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), but reducing the incidence of HAIs from our hospitals has been a challenge. In 2008, the NHS spent £53 million undertaking a comprehensive “deep clean” of every hospital in the UK and many NHS Trusts are now reporting a decrease in the incidence of both C.difficile and MRSA as a result of this and other initiatives implemented by dedicated Infection Control teams.” … continues on the website

Universal Sensors Ltd

Nottingham Trent University

Cambridge Design Partnership

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