MRSA Management Takes Leadership

Cora Nucci, for HealthLeaders Media , January 19, 2011

Also effective is the use of gowns and gloves and isolation of MRSA-positive patients. Hospitals with multi-bed ICUs have been found to have significantly higher incidences of infection, than those with single-bed ICUs, say researchers at McGill University. Hospitals that convert multi-bed units to single-bed private rooms with their own sinks—slashed hospital-acquired infection ratesincluding MRSA—by half.

The news about MRSA is improving, albeit slowly. University of Rochester Medical Center orthopedic scientists announced this week that they are a step closer to reducing the risk of the deadly bug.

The team discovered an antibody that can stop MRSA bacteria from growing in mice and in cell cultures. It's a long way off from zapping the bacteria on a person's skin, but it's a step in the right direction.

"A vaccine in humans would probably not be a foolproof approach to preventing infection 100%of the time," team leader Edward M. Schwarz, PhD, said in a statement. "However, even if we could reduce the risk of MRSA by 35%, that would be an enormous improvement in the field."

So until a MRSA vaccine is at hand, basic methods of transmission prevention are key. They can and should be reinforced in ambulatory centers, community health clinics, acute care facilities, doctors' offices, and teaching hospitals alike. MRSA is indiscriminate, so healthcare providers must redouble their efforts to stop it cold.

Cora Nucci is the Digital Associate Editorial Director for HealthLeaders Media.

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1 comments on "MRSA Management Takes Leadership"

Joan (1/20/2011 at 8:45 AM)
Most often overlooked is many pathogens are airborne and filtration alone will not kill them. In Wladyslaw Jan Kowalski's book it states " Airborne MRSA plays a role in colonization of nasal cavities and in respiratory tract MRSA infections." Photocatalytic Oxidation is the technology used in air purification that will significantly reduce airborne pathogens. PCO destroys VOCs and Microbes.




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