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Deadline for MRSA Prevalence Survey participation is extended

November 1, 2010
WASHINGTON — The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announces that the deadline for participation in the 2010 MRSA Prevalence Survey has been extended to December 31, 2010 due to the high number of APIC members expressing the need for additional time, according to a press release.
The 2010 MRSA Prevalence Survey is a tremendously important tool because it is the only methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) survey that is specifically targeting infection preventionists, who know what the MRSA infection rates are and which MRSA infection control practices are in place, the release stated.
The APIC survey is sent to infection preventionists at hospitals throughout the U.S. (from large to small metropolitan areas, cities and rural areas) and includes all MRSA infection sites and colonization, as well as uses the hospital population on the day of the survey as the denominator to calculate the MRSA infection rate, the release noted.
According to the release, although the APIC would like all participants to complete the entire survey, only three questions are absolutely essential: Numbers 2, 4E and 14.
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