The European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (EARSS) is an international network of national surveillance systems which was started in 1998 with funding from the European Commission. The scheme aims to collect comparable and reliable antimicrobial resistance data on invasive isolates of Staphylococcus aureus (including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)), Streptococcus pneumoniae, Escherichia coli and Enterococcus faecium/faecalis. At present, information is routinely collected from more than 600 participating microbiology laboratories in 28 countries. The programme provides an opportunity for anonymised patient specific data on bacteraemias to become available from all NHS hospitals in Scotland.
This is the third annual report.