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More States Move to Require Hospitals to Screen Patients for MRSA
Date:3/18/2008

de. Similarly, MRSA screening at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has reduced MRSA infections in its intensive care units by 90 percent and significant results have been documented at the University of Virginia Health System.

So far, three states -- Illinois, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania -- have passed laws requiring hospitals to screen certain patients upon admission for MRSA. All three states require hospitals to screen patients admitted to Intensive Care Units and high risk patients in other parts of the hospital to identify those colonized with MRSA. For more information, see: http://www.consumersunion.org/campaigns/CU%20summary%20of%20MRSA%20laws%20a s%2 0of%201-08.pdf (Due to length of URL, please cut and paste into browser.)

Lawmakers in seven states and the District of Columbia are debating bills that would require hospitals to take more aggressive steps to curb MRSA, including screening certain patients upon admission to determine whether they are colonized with MRSA. MRSA screening bills have been introduced in California, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Tennessee, and the District of Columbia. New Jersey lawmakers are considering legislation to expand the state's law to require hospitals to screen all incoming patients for MRSA. For more information, see: http://www.consumersunion.org/campaigns/2008%20state%20legislative%20web%20 cha rt.pdf (Due to length of URL, please cut and paste into browser.)

MRSA screening legislation also has been introduced in Congress. S. 2525, introduced by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) initially would require hospitals to screen high risk patients for MRSA. Under the legislation, MRSA screening would be expanded to all patients admitted to hospitals by 2012. For more information
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