To Prevent MRSA, Healthcare Workers Want Clarified Protocols

Healthcare workers report improved infection prevention protocols would greatly improve their efforts to limit the spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, according to research published in the American Journal of Infection Control.

Researchers analyzed results of a MRSA questionnaire from 26 of 276 acute-care workers surveyed, including nurses, a physician, allied health professionals and support staff.

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Participants reported wanting to reduce the spread of MRSA and feeling it was their responsibility. Reported barriers included patient care demands, equipment, environmental issues, time pressures, practices of other healthcare workers and the need for additional contact precaution signage.

Researchers concluded improved protocols, education, communication and efforts to involve all healthcare workers could better empower healthcare workers to reduce the transmission of MRSA.

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