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MRSA Prevalence At Least Eight Times Higher Than Previously Estimated

A new Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) survey of US healthcare facilities suggests that nearly 5 percent of patients carry MRSA, putting the national prevalence at between 8 and 11 times higher than previous estimates. The research represents the largest and most comprehensive MRSA study to date with over 1,200 facilities providing data.

MRSA concerns are global. Britain's Prime Minister is masterminding a battle to slash the rates of MRSA and other hospital infections. MRSA first hit British hospitals 10 years ago and has since has spread across the country. Headlines from Australia report that country's healthcare facilities are failing to cope with antibiotic-resistant infections and little is being done to address the problem.

Infectious disease specialist Peter Collignon, said superbugs are a serious and growing problem. "We should be concerned, we know a third of those [with MRSA in their bloodstream] die within 30 days, and I would think at least half of those infections are likely to be preventable." He sees too little being done to combat the problem.

One step to reduce the prevalence of superbugs, is through strict adherence infection control practices. Check out Quality America's Guide to MRSA for Healthcare Workers for more information.

Source: Triple Superbug News Could Boost Calls for Action, Jennifer Anderson, www.ergoweb.com, July 2, 2007.

Posted by Quality America on July 30, 2007 | Comments (0)

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