PERFORMANCE: Homerton University Hospital breached two MRSA targets for 2010/11 in February, but the foundation trust insists that there have been no “clinically significant” cases since August 2010.

Board papers released to HSJ under the Freedom of Information Act show that by the end of January 2011, the trust had recorded seven cases of MRSA during 2010-11 exceeding the Department of Health’s target of four and Monitor’s target of six.

Two of the cases occurred in quarter three. The board papers said both were “probable contaminants in complex patients who were difficult to obtain a blood culture sample from whilst maintaining an ‘aseptic field’… therefore, there have been no clinically significant MRSA bacteraemias since August 2010”.

The papers, for the trust’s February 23 meeting, say the most recent case was recorded during January 2010.

They say the major MRSA risks “theoretically continue” to be around “peripheral and central line management”, and blood culture contamination.

In response, the trust’s communications team, director of infections prevention and control, and chief nurse agreed a “bug awareness” campaign in the hospital.