International Health News Briefing Archive

International Health News Briefing is a newsletter from the International Health Policy and Innovation program. Each issue contains summaries of health policy news in select countries, as well as updates on related Commonwealth Fund publications and events.


Hospital-Acquired Infections Decrease in England

Based on a survey of 60 percent of National Health Service (NHS) trusts in England, hospital-associated infections have decreased from 8.2 percent of all hospital patients in 2006 to 6.4 percent in 2011. This 20 percent decrease is a welcome sign that measures that were put in place to deal with MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and Clostridium difficile infections have made an impact.