Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus

Program cut MRSA by a third in VA facilities, analysis finds

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A nationwide initiative to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in veterans' nursing homes dramatically slashed the infection rate, and could provide a framework for other nursing homes to achieve similar results.

Initiative cuts MRSA by more than a third in veterans' nursing homes, report shows

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A nationwide initiative to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in veterans' nursing homes dramatically slashed the infection rate, and could provide a framework for other nursing homes to achieve similar results.

Researchers discover new way of curing MRSA

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Targeting cells known as persisters is a new and highly effective way of eradicating methi­cillin-resis­tant staphy­lo­coccus aureus, according to newly published research.

Antibiotic resistance leads to 23,000 deaths a year, providers must implement best practices: CDC 'landmark' report

Antibiotic resistance leads to 23,000 deaths a year, providers must implement best practices: CDC 'landmark' report

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Nursing homes are on the front lines in the increasingly urgent battle against antibiotic-resistant infections, according to a comprehensive new report that ranks the most dangerous antibiotic-resistant microorganisms. The report identifies four core actions to fight the spread of antibiotic resistance.

Facilities need better reviews of antibiotic use, expert says

Facilities need better reviews of antibiotic use, expert says

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Skilled nursing facility administrators need to do a complete review of antibiotics to better combat multi-drug resistant organisms, an infection control expert said in May.

Nursing home residents at greatest risk of MRSA in February and March, study finds

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Seniors in nursing homes are at greatest risk of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection in the winter months, while children are at greatest risk during the summer, according to a recently released study.

Healthcare's dirty secret

Healthcare's dirty secret

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If there's one topic where I feel that healthcare publications tend to repeat themselves, it's around infection control.

New tracking tools to help nursing facilities treat and prevent facility-acquired infections

Government health officials have released a tracking tool that can help nursing facilities monitor healthcare-acquired infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Healthcare Safety Network's new tracking component lets users log onto a website.

New tracking tools, guidance help nursing homes treat and prevent facility-acquired infections

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Government health officials have released a tracking tool that can help nursing homes monitor healthcare-acquired infections.

MRSA infection rates down in communities, healthcare settings, study finds

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Rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections are on the decline in both healthcare facilities and in community settings, a new study found.

Formal, written policies can help long-term care facilities avoid healthcare-associated infections, experts say

Formal, written policies can help long-term care facilities avoid healthcare-associated infections, experts say

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Long-term care organizations must practice diligent adherence to hand hygiene regimens and establish clear, written protocols for containing and preventing healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), experts recommended during a webinar Wednesday.

Daily use of antimicrobial wipes cuts nursing facility MRSA transmission rates, investigators find

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Daily use of antimicrobial wipes combined with standard bathing helped one Canadian nursing facility cut its methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus transmission rate by 82% over 33 months, a team of epidemiologists found.

HHS healthcare-associated infection reduction plan is open for public comments

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The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public comments on its updated action plan — which includes efforts in nursing homes — to reduce or eliminate healthcare-associated infections.

Board-certified infection control directors linked to lower MRSA rates, study reveals

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Healthcare providers with board-certified infection prevention specialists on staff have substantially fewer methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections than those that don't, new research suggests.

Study: Healthcare workers should iron uniforms after laundering them at home

Hot water and an iron may be the ticket to keeping dangerous bacteria off of nursing uniforms, a new study suggests.

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