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Poll of Infection Prevention and Control Professionals Reveals MRSA Prevention Progress Six Months After National Survey
Date:12/10/2007

IPCPs Adopting Stronger Interventions but Say Facilities Must Do More

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A poll of infection prevention professionals conducted six months after the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology's (APIC's) national MRSA Prevalence Study indicated that while 59 percent of the 2,100 who responded are adopting or have already adopted interventions to address Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), 50 percent said their health care facility is not doing as much as it could or should to stop the transmission of MRSA.

MRSA is a virulent multi-drug resistant organism. Interventions adopted ranged from increased hand hygiene compliance and testing of high-risk groups to the more comprehensive approach outlined in APIC's Guide to the Elimination of MRSA Transmission in Hospital Settings.

"We took this informal poll of our membership to get a sense of the pace of progress and what's changed in the six months since our MRSA Prevalence Study," said Kathy L. Warye, Chief Executive Officer of APIC. "We are encouraged that many hospitals are empowering infection prevention professionals to implement more MRSA prevention measures. However, it's concerning that many infection prevention programs are still inadequately funded and that facilities lack resources, staff and buy-in from senior management to prevent the transmission of MRSA."

Two recent studies have brought increased attention to MRSA. In June, APIC released the first national MRSA Prevalence Study which is being published in the December issue of the American Journal of Infection Control. This was followed by a CDC report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in October.

"Our members understand the severity of this issue and are aggressively addressing MRSA, but the scope of this public health threat demands commitment and participation from every hospital, at all leve
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SOURCE Association for Professionals in Infection Control andEpidemiology
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