MRSA, VRE, and C difficile are three bacteria commonly found in Canadian hospitals. They can cause symptoms ranging from asymptomatic colonization to septic shock and death.
Each year about 8,000 Canadians die from hospital-acquired infections; 220,000 others get infected. Treatment is more costly than prevention; estimated costs for 2004 were $82 million. Costs are estimated at $129 million for 2010. That’s $12,216 per infected MRSA patient per year due to:
Let’s make things happen.
Successfully reduce superbug transmission with these five steps of evidence-based infection control strategies:
Establish an aggressive hand hygiene program.
Clean and decontaminate the environment and equipment.
Implement contact precautions for any patient infected or colonized with a superbug.
Perform MRSA and VRE screening surveillance on admission and at other times.
Regularly report superbug infection rates to frontline and hospital leaders.
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Click here to download the ARO/MRSA Getting Started Kit.
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