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Prevention of the Disease MRSA looking at the data I collected for section B it shows high levels of MRSA up in 2005, but due to this a lot of awareness that has been made to prevent MRSA the numbers seem to have drop. Health Proection agency have issued a leaftet in the north west England, the number of MRSA cases have descresed due to the more awareness about the disease. The leafet is about washing your hands more frequently to prevent the diease from either spreading or developing into serious cases. I have produced a Questionnaire and asked a few people at my local hospital which is Lewisham Hospital and here are the results from that questionnaire: Appendix 1: Have You ever Heard of MRSA? As you can see from the pie chart, the majority of people I asked have heard of MRSA. 85% of people answered yes to my question which shows the government's plan to make awareness about the killer bug. ...read more.


That is one of the strengths in trying to prevent MRSA but one of the weakness to these signs are psychological reasons and people read these signs and don't take notice of this and don't wash their hands and MRSA would still be around in hospital's. The target groups that these are aimed at is for everyone but not everyone listens to these eye catching signs which could be due to individual's unwillingness to listen and possibly it may have poor presentations to the younger population. (National targets for MRSA is enclosed in the back of this cousework) (Local targets for MRSA is enclosed in the back of this coursework) Personal lifestyle choices As mentioned washing hands and other personal hygiene factors help prevent the spreads of MRSA. Factors which interfere with prevention Public perception of risk - people see the signs but very few follow to wash before they enter the ward or even wash their hands after leaving a ward, they think as they are not it will not affect them. ...read more.


this could prevent some primary care trusts (PCT) from spending the correct amount to prevent MRSA. Arthritis: There are not any specific prevention notices in place to prevent Arthritis but there are campaigns to everyone on how know to get the chronic disease faster then normal. Many campaigns in Britain are to lose weight. Obesity is most common cause of getting Arthritis at an early strage in life, so many organisations target mainly the young to live a healthy lifestyle to try and not get arthritis at an early stage. Factors which infuence prevention - public perception of risk, many people think that arthritis is an old age disease and will not happen to young people this is wrong because some young people do end up getting arthritis. Also some people think that nothing can be done to help once they got the disease. Funding available: Arthritis is not a very "fashionable" disease, so it does not attract funding in such high levels as other diseases. Sources: Primary: Produced a survey that people took part in Secondary: http://www.independent.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00014/MRSA2_14404t.jpg http://www.hpa.org.uk/ ?? ?? ?? ?? Section D 1 ...read more.

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