Nurse-Developed Protocols Help Hospitals Decrease MRSA Rates

Source: Marcia Frellick, Nurse.com, May 18, 2009

In contrast to the widely publicized reports of the spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in hospital settings in recent years, a new study finds a striking bit of success in fighting the bacteria.

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that from 1997 through 2007, MRSA central line-associated bloodstream infections declined by 50% among all ICU types except pediatric units, where incidence rates remained stable. The decline among the more than 1,600 facilities that participated in the study, reported in the Feb. 18 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, runs counter to the widespread perception that the disease is infiltrating hospital ICUs unable to control the superbug. Such perceptions have prompted legislatures in several states to call for mandatory screening, which is controversial in whether that precaution is effective or necessary.

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