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APIC updates its MRSA guide

February 10, 2011
WASHINGTON — The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announces that it has published a second edition of its Guide to the Elimination of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Transmission in Hospital Settings in an effort to provide the most current evidence-based practice guidance to protect patients from health care-associated infections, according to Infection Control Today.
Developed by leading experts in infection prevention and hospital epidemiology, the revised guide includes updates and enhancements to the original APIC guide published in 2007, the article noted.
Additional references, resources, research findings and guidance are integrated into the best practice recommendations for effective hospital MRSA management programs, the article stated.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 70 percent of the bacteria that cause hospital-associated infections are resistant to at least one of the drugs commonly used to treat them.
"The human and financial impact of MRSA infections makes efforts to eliminate MRSA transmission in health care settings compelling and necessary," said Kathy Aureden, lead author of the guide and epidemiologist at Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Illinois.
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