• the annual statistics are published in August or September each year (8 or 9 months after the reference period) with the mortality data for that year being released in the June

  • information is supplied once a death is registered; each record is held on the Deaths Registration Database

  • the scope of the annual bulletin was reduced in 2013 to cover just Wales rather than England and Wales (now jointly funded by Public Health Wales NHS Trust and the Welsh Government)

Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of bacteria (S. aureus) that is resistant to antibiotics. These bacteria can cause mild to life threatening disease if there is an opportunity for it to enter the body. This is more likely to happen to people that are already ill.

Deaths involving MRSA presents statistics on the number of deaths and mortality rates where MRSA is mentioned on the death certificate. The data are broken down by sex, age group and place of death. This data is taken from our Deaths Registrations Database.

All deaths are coded according to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). We have collated death certificates and the ICD codes since 1993, which has made it possible to identify the records where S. aureus and/or MRSA is mentioned, but may not be coded.

These statistics are used for monitoring trends in healthcare associated infections. They are used to inform policy, planning and research in both public and private sectors. This helps the policy makers and healthcare establishments to target their resources effectively.

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