|Health Factors:||Quality of Care|
|Decision Makers:||Healthcare Professionals & Advocates|
|Population Reach:||1-9% of WI's population|
|Impact on Disparities:|
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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other multidrug resistant organisms have become a growing concern.
Clancy 2006 study finds that, even in a setting of increasing community-associated MRSA, active MRSA screening as part of a multi-factorial intervention targeted to high-risk units may be an effective and cost-avoidant strategy for achieving a sustained decrease of MRSA infections throughout the hospital. Shitrit 2006 finds that active surveillance culture is important for identifying hidden reservoirs of MRSA. As well, contact isolation can prevent new colonization and infection and lead to a significant reduction of morbidity and healthcare costs. DerGurahian 2007 notes that screening has been shown to reduce infection rates, and provides examples of state-led efforts in this regard.
Six states and New York City have some level of activities regarding MRSA screening.
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