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Nationwide Progress Poll Reveals Increased Efforts by Hospitals to Control MRSA Infection
Date:6/16/2008

Healthcare Facility Infection Prevention and Control Professionals Cite Greatest Needs for Continued Success to Combat MRSA Including Additional Staff, More Environmental Services and Time-Saving High Tech Solutions

DENVER, June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than three out of four (76%) infection prevention and control professionals (ICPs) polled indicated they have implemented additional measures to prevent the transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the last year, but 54% said their institutions are not doing as much as they could and should be doing to prevent the spread of this virulent pathogen, according to an online survey conducted by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

MRSA is a type of bacteria that causes serious infections and is resistant to powerful antibiotics, including methicillin. APIC's 2007 MRSA prevalence study found rates to be eight times greater than previously estimated. The "Pace of Progress" poll was conducted among APIC members April 25-May 15, 2008 to determine if news about the escalating rates of MRSA has led to increased efforts by healthcare institutions to combat the spread of this organism in the one year since the prevalence study results were released.

"We are very encouraged that our members have been empowered to implement additional infection prevention measures within their institutions," said Kathy Warye, APIC CEO. "This poll indicates that many institutions are moving in the right direction."

According to the May 2008 APIC Pace of Progress poll, institutions that have adopted new interventions are using a group of approaches to prevent the transmission of MRSA, including staff education, more aggressive hand hygiene programs, stricter use of contact precautions (gloves, gowns, etc.) for patients who test positive for MRSA, more emphasis on housekeeping and equipment cleaning and decontamination practices, ta
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