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Comprehensive Program Focused on Culture Change, Education and Training, and Solicitation of Employee Ideas Significantly Reduces Incidence of Common Hospital-Acquired Infection 4/9/2014
The Billings Clinic, an integrated health system in Billings, MT, addressed its rising rate of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections by making infection control a top institutional priority and by creating a comprehensive package that combines adoption and monitoring of strict infection control protocols, active surveillance, training and education, and the solicitation and implementation of employee ideas through an approach known as “positive deviance.” This term refers to the focus on uncommon strategies that lead to positive changes and results.
Routine Cultures, Real-Time Alerts, and Immediate Precautions Reduce Intensive Care Unit MRSA Infections 4/9/2014
Nurses at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital routinely monitor all patients admitted to intensive care units for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization from admission to discharge.
Telemedicine-Based Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Improves Prescribing, Reduces Bacterial Resistance to Antibiotics at Rural Hospital 11/20/2013
A rural hospital’s telemedicine-based antimicrobial stewardship program provides ongoing education and daily case reviews related to use of antibiotics, leading to more appropriate prescribing and less bacterial resistance to the drugs.
Electronic Isolation Flags and Weekly Rounds by Infection Control Staff Improve Adherence to Contact Precautions 10/23/2013
Through electronic flagging of infected patients and weekly surveillance rounds, infection control staff increased adherence to contact precautions from 58 to 90 percent.
Comprehensive Program to Change Hand Hygiene Culture Improves Adherence to Disinfection Guidelines, Leading to Lower Infection Rates and Costs 9/11/2013
A comprehensive, hospital-based program targeting culture change related to hand hygiene through education, environmental modifications, and employee incentives leads to better adherence, fewer infections, and lower costs.
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Universal ICU Decolonization: An Enhanced Protocol 12/4/2013
The Universal Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Decolonization protocol combines a comprehensive implementation readiness assessment with scientific rationale and training tools for implementation of a universal decolonization strategy to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and bloodstream infections in adults.
MRSA Toolkit for Childcare Programs 10/17/2012
This toolkit has been designed to help prevent and stop or reduce the spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) skin infections at childcare centers.
MRSA Toolkit for Middle and High Schools 10/17/2012
This tool kit was created to help prevent the spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in middle and high schools.
MRSA Toolkit for Outpatient Clinics/Offices 10/17/2012
This tool kit has been designed to help staff at outpatient clinics and medical offices prevent, diagnose, treat, and reduce the transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
Guide to the Elimination of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Transmission in Hospital Settings, 2nd Edition 7/11/2012
This document provides evidence-based practice guidance for the elimination of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) transmission in hospital settings.

Last updated: April 09, 2014.