Mark W. Farrington

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1 Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2 Clinical Microbiology and Public Health Laboratory, Health Protection Agency Microbiology Services, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 3 The Medical School University of St. Andrews, North Haugh, St. Andrews Fife, United Kingdom, 4 The(More)
Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) remains endemic in many UK hospitals. Specific guidelines for control and prevention are justified because MRSA causes serious illness and results in significant additional healthcare costs. Guidelines were drafted by a multi-disciplinary group and these have been finalised following extensive consultation.(More)
OBJECTIVES Huntington's disease (HD) is an inherited autosomal dominant condition in which there is a CAG repeat expansion in the huntingtin gene of 36 or more. Patients display progressive motor, cognitive, and behavioural deterioration associated with progressive cell loss and atrophy in the striatum. Currently there are no disease modifying treatments(More)
BACKGROUND Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) infections associated with external ventricular drain (EVD) placement attract major consequences. Silver impregnation of catheters attempts to reduce infection. OBJECTIVE To assess the efficacy of silver catheters against CSF infection. METHODS We performed a randomized, controlled trial involving 2 neurosurgical(More)
Neural transplantation of human fetal tissue for Huntington's disease (HD) is now entering the clinical arena. The safety of the procedure has now been demonstrated in a number of studies, although the efficacy of such an approach is still being investigated. Stringent but practicable screening of the donor tissue for potential pathogens is an essential(More)
4 cases of eosinophilic meningoencephalitis in Hong Kong are described. The major clinical features of the patients, who were 2-60 years old, were low grade fever, headache, mild meningeal signs, right facial palsy or hemiplegia. Eosinophilia in the peripheral blood and eosinophilic pleocytosis were prominent. Computerized tomography scans of brain showed a(More)
BACKGROUND Candidaemias are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The British Society of Medical Mycology and Infectious Diseases Society of America recently published audit standards, to address the changing epidemiology of candidaemia and to improve outcomes. AIM To investigate the local epidemiology of candidaemia and the standard of(More)
A methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) control policy, aimed at eradication, was established at a 1000-bed hospital in 1985, applied consistently for 10.5 years, and then relaxed. Its components included screening of high-risk patients, transfer of carriers to exhaust-ventilated isolation rooms, closure of wards to new admissions when local(More)
In the first two years of operation of a tissue bank, bone was processed on 63 occasions from 22 cadaveric donors and on 37 occasions from 185 living donors. A standardized protocol for microbiological sampling, culturing and interpretation of the results was developed. Semi-quantitative culture of washings of bone was performed on receipt by the tissue(More)
Wound infection occurred after 14.3 per cent of 433 open heart operations. In 309, saphenous veins were harvested for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and 8.7 per cent of sternal wounds and 12.9 per cent of leg wounds were infected. Only 1.6 per cent of the remaining 124 patients who had open heart operations without leg surgery suffered sternal wound(More)