MRSA – why do we do what we do?
I recently presented a 30 minute lecture on MRSA control in the hospital setting at the fall symposium sponsored by Centegra Health System. The lecture describes the background of how MRSA is spread within medical facilities, the effects of its spread and measures that can be used to control it. The lecture also goes over some of the success stories of what an MRSA control program can expect to achieve. I also cover some of the historical background of how something as basic as hand washing became an actual event in medical history. I closed the lecture with some questions from the audience.
Has the time come to actively screen all admission for MRSA (methicillin RESISTANT staph aureus)? A recent study at the VA may suggest that this may be the way to go. The study was conducted across the US where all admissions were screened for MRSA (active surveillance). Based on findings they intervened and were able to show a reduction in the number of MRSA infections in the hospitals.
It is a topical (external use) antiseptic to reduce bacteria (germs) on the skin. Its use can reduce risk of skin infections.
The following is a summary of notes that I collected on use of chlorhexidine for reduction in surgical site infections.
What is it?
A chemical antiseptic that has been commonly used by dentists for oral hygiene. Lately it has found wider acceptance as a presurgical skin and hand scrub. Continue reading
A CDC – Definition of MRSA and Infections. A handy definition to have for patient care use