Working together makes infection control more effective
CHICAGO — Implementing a region-wide program to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was more effective when all hospitals participated, compared to the same program implementation at an individual hospital, according to a press release.
Researchers used a model to simulate MRSA cases in Orange County, California, by studying the effect of infection control practices at 34 hospitals, 29 of which were acute-care, the release stated.
According to the release, researchers assessed the effect of MRSA surveillance — testing all patients at admission for MRSA — and contact isolation — wearing gloves and gowns when entering a room occupied by an infected patient and when interacting with an infected patient or the patient's environment.
Data showed that surveillance and contact isolation procedures at one hospital decreased MRSA incidence in that hospital and in many other hospitals in the county that had not implemented these practices, the release noted.
When all Orange County hospitals implemented these practices, the decrease in MRSA prevalence was even greater — outpacing the decrease a hospital could achieve alone, the release added.
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