A lot is being done to combat the spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, infections, but a lot more can and should be done, according to 2,100 members of the Association of Professionals in Infection Control who responded to an online poll last month.
The poll was done in conjunction with the publication of a report in the December edition of the Journal of Infection Control indicating that 46 of every 1,000 inpatients in the nations healthcare facilities are infected or colonized with the MRSA bug. The findings, which indicated MRSA prevalence to be eight times higher than previously estimated, were released in June, but the complete study is just now being published.
About one-fifth of the associations members responded to the poll with about 59% stating that their facility has adopted or is in the process of adopting MRSA interventions. Half also said not enough is being done.
Of the 41% who work where no interventions are being done or implemented, 19% said they lacked resources to carry out interventions while others cited a lack of support from hospital leadership, not enough time or not enough staff.
Interventions include identifying high-risk areas in the facility; patient surveillance and isolation; better hand hygiene; more use of gloves, gowns and masks; and cleaning and decontaminating equipment and the environment. -- by Andis Robeznieks