Preventing MRSA Infections: A Look at the Evidence

June 1, 2011 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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More evidence and strategies to prevent community- and healthcare-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are required, as the current evidence on prevention strategies is "very limited," states an article in the January 2011 Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice (Miller). However, the article reviews the available evidence and identifies strategies that it best supports.

Community-associated MRSA. According to the author, while no strategies have proved effective at preventing community-associated MRSA infection, the best approach appears to be decolonizing the body using both the nasal topical antibiotic mupirocin and chlorhexidine body washes. For patients who experience repeated infections (studies have observed rates of community-associated MRSA reinfection ranging...

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