New Policies at Texas VA Hospital Lead to 82% Decrease of Infection by Multidrug-Resistant Organisms

Between Sept. 2010 and Feb. 2011, Audie Murphy VA Hospital in San Antonio has seen an 82 percent decrease in infections brought on by multi-drug resistant organisms, according to a San Antonio Express-News report.

On a broader scale, infection-prevention efforts have significantly decreased the incidence of infections, such as MRSA and C. difficile, at all VA hospitals by 62 percent in hospital intensive care units and 45 percent in the other areas of the hospital, according to the news report.

A MRSA-bundle prevention program was rolled out at 149 military medical centers in 2007, including Audie Murphy. The prevention program includes more intensive screening processes to determine if a patient is already carrying an infection, such as MRSA, training on proper hand hygiene and precautions for all hospital employees and hospital champions, according to the news report.

Read the news report about infection rates at Audie Murphy VA Hospital.

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