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Stop MRSA - International MRSA Testing Week, April 1-7
Date:3/6/2012

Disease Control (ECDC), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to finally recognize the MRSA epidemic and set up a worldwide MRSA surveillance and reporting system. Such a system would facilitate the collection of data on MRSA infections and colonization with a public release of such data on a designated website. This would illustrate the true magnitude of the MRSA epidemic worldwide and facilitate the implementation of active detection and isolation (ADI) – specifically active screening for MRSA in high-risk patients or universal testing to control MRSA in healthcare facilities worldwide.

Derek Butler, Chairman of MRSA Action UK says, "The only requisite for bacteria to spread is that good people do nothing."

Recent multi-center studies (the VA study published in the New England Journal of Medicine) at the Veteran's Administration (150 hospitals) and throughout the HCA system have yet again documented that through implementation of ADI, MRSA rates can dramatically reduce, not just in intensive care units, but hospital-wide. If we are to really believe in patient safety, all healthcare facilities with endemic MRSA should fully implement ADI. In the era of paying for performance, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (including the CDC) should be mandating that if ADI works to prevent and control MRSA in 150 VA hospitals and in many Northern European countries (some for decades), that all U.S. hospitals should implement the same program, reducing MRSA rates, improving patient safety and most importantly, saving lives. It is unclear why the CDC continues to not strongly recommend ADI and why a broad public awareness campaign for MRSA has not been implemented.

"In the United States MRSA victims are losing their jobs, homes, becoming permanently disable
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