Navigation Links
Survey Finds U.S. Healthcare Facilities Not Doing Enough to Curb MRSA
Date:12/11/2007

Consumers Union Calls on Hospitals to Invest More Resources and Take Aggressive Steps to Prevent MRSA Infections

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. healthcare facilities aren't doing enough to protect patients from Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections, according to a new poll of infection control professionals released today.

The online poll conducted by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) found that 59 percent of those responding said their healthcare facility has stepped up efforts to curb MRSA in the past six months. But 50 percent said their healthcare facility is "not doing as much as it could or should to stop the transmission of MRSA."

"It's troubling that so many infection control professionals say not enough is being done to prevent the spread of MRSA," said Lisa McGiffert, Director of Consumers Union's Stop Hospital Infections Campaign (http://www.StopHospitalInfections.org). "MRSA could be beat if the leadership at hospitals moved more aggressively to adopt strategies proven to protect patients from these virulent infections. We need to require hospitals to report their infection rates so the public can see if they are achieving results."

Consumers Union has worked to help pass laws in 20 states requiring hospitals to report their patient infection rates. Legislation to establish a national infection reporting law has been introduced in Congress by lead sponsors Representative Tim Murphy, R-PA., Representative Elijah Cummings, D-MD., and Senator Dick Durbin, D-IL. See: http://www.consumersunion.org/campaigns/Congressional%20Legislation%20110th .pdf

Last June, APIC published the first nationwide MRSA prevalence study and found that MRSA was 8.6 times more common than previous estimates had indicated. The report found that the antibiotic-resistant bacteria are found in all wards throughout most hospitals. See: http://journals.elsevierhealth.com/periodicals/ymic/article/PIIS01966553070 07729/abstract

In October, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that nearly 95,000 developed MRSA infections in 2005 and almost 19,000 people died. CDC research indicates that 85 percent of these infections are picked up by patients exposed to MRSA in hospitals and other healthcare settings, like nursing homes and dialysis centers.

APIC's most recent survey found that 41 percent of infection control professionals said their healthcare facility had not taken any new prevention measures since the MRSA prevalence study was published in June. Of these respondents, 19 percent said there were "no resources to change their approach" while 33 percent noted other reasons such as the "lack of support from hospital leadership, not enough staff and lack of time."

Of those who reported that not enough was being done to curb MRSA, most wanted their healthcare facilities to screen high-risk patients for MRSA, improve hand hygiene, and increase the use of gloves and gowns with patients who test positive for MRSA.

Many hospitals in northern Europe have used these strategies to successfully control MRSA for decades. A pilot program employing MRSA screening and additional precautions at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System in Pennsylvania in 2001 has reduced infections in the hospital's surgical unit by 70 percent. The program proved so successful that it is now being implemented in all VA hospitals nationwide.

Numerous studies have shown that this approach helps save money by preventing infections that would result in even higher costs for the patient and hospital. A recent analysis found that hospitals nationwide would save over $231 million annually if all elective surgery patients were screened for MRSA upon admission and proper precautions were taken with those found colonized with MRSA.

"We know how to prevent MRSA infections, but most hospitals aren't stepping up to use these effective infection control practices," said McGiffert. "Hospitals must make a commitment to protect patients from MRSA by investing the resources and leadership needed to stop these infections."

Consumers Union supports legislation to require hospitals to screen high risk patients for MRSA and take special precautions with those colonized with the bacteria to prevent its spread. So far, MRSA screening requirements have been adopted by Illinois, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. See: http://www.consumersunion.org/campaigns/MRSA%20legislation.pdf


'/>"/>
SOURCE Consumers Union
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Nationwide Survey Reports that Mothers View Cleaning Homes and Toys as Essential to Preventing Colds & Flu
2. Replikins LLC Finds West Nile Virus Replikin Count Has Reached Its Highest Recorded Value
3. First Osteoporosis Study in Hip Fracture Patients Finds Once-Yearly Reclast(R) Prevents Additional Fractures and Improves Survival
4. Mayo Clinic Study Finds FDA Warning Against Anti-Nausea Drug Droperidol Unnecessary
5. Review of Probiotic Trial Research Finds Only Bifantis(R) Able to Claim Efficacy versus Placebo for IBS Symptoms
6. New Report by Pediatricians Finds Gaps in Preparing to Protect Kids From Pandemic Flu, Offers Recommendations
7. UPDATE: New Report by Pediatricians Finds Gaps in Preparing to Protect Kids From Pandemic Flu, Offers Recommendations
8. Study Finds Starion Instruments Tissue Welding Technology Reduces Pain and Bleeding in Tonsillectomy Patients
9. Providence Hospital Study Finds Communication System Leads to Faster Heart Attack Treatment
10. Retrospective Analysis Finds That Initiation of Insulin Glargine in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes was Associated With a Lower Incidence Rate of Myocardial Infarction as Compared With NPH Insulin
11. St. Jude Finds Molecule That Could Improve Cancer Vaccine and Therapy for Other Diseases
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/10/2017)... -- NDS received FDA 510(k) clearance in May 2017 for its highly ... designed for endoscopy environments. An innovative secondary monitor solution, ZeroWire ... support the improvement of patient outcomes, procedural efficiency, and the lowering ... ... ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... 4, 2017  South Korean-based healthcare product Development Company ... "cprCUBE" on Kickstarter. The device will educate the user ... with better efficiency compared to the dated and pricey ... on efficacy of the compression for a more informed ... goal to raise $5,000. ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... 2017  Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: ... third quarter of 2017 on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. ... day with the investment community and media to further ... call will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern time. Investors, ... webcast of the conference call through a link that ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Apple ... care services, staged a mock evacuation of the facility as part of a disaster ... Fire Department, Echo Hose EMS and Shelton City Emergency Manager, as well as the ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Global Healthcare Management’s ... Alexandria Park in Milford, NJ. This free event, sponsored by Global Healthcare Management’s ... The fun run is geared towards children of all ages; it is a ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “The Journey: From the ... danger possible to save lost souls in the Philippines. “The Journey: From the Mountains ... a dedicated teacher of the Bible. She has taught all ages and currently teaches ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Planet Fitness, one of the largest and ... plans to open a flagship location in Covington, LA at 401 N. U.S. Highway ... store next to Office Depot in the Holiday Square shopping center. Its location allows ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Asante, a nationally recognized health system in ... existing home health joint venture through an agreement, effective October 1, 2017, to ... home health company with Asante, delivering clinically integrated care, for the past eight ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):