5 Barriers to MRSA Transmission Prevention Identified by HCWs

Many healthcare workers report feeling responsible for preventing the transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, according to a study in the American Journal of Infection Control.

Researchers conducted interviews with healthcare workers to identify their perceptions and attitudes toward MRSA transmission prevention.

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Here are five barriers to drug-resistant pathogen transmission elimination identified by healthcare workers.

1. Patient care demands
2. Availability of equipment
3. Environmental issues
4. Practices of other healthcare workers
5. Lack of signage indicating which patients require contact precautions

Additionally, healthcare workers said they needed clarification on patient isolation protocols, additional rooms and staff for isolation patients, improved education and communication and efforts to include all healthcare workers in transmission prevention.

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