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Healthcare Associated Infections: MRSA

Healthcare associated infections (HAIs) are diseases that are transmitted or occur within a healthcare facility, such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other bacterial pathogens. HSR&D investigators study important questions around HAIs, such as how to improve clinical room disinfection and increase rates of hand-washing among healthcare providers.

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(5 of more than 55 MRSA focused publications)

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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 6 MRSA focused publication briefs)

  • MRSA Prevention Initiative Results in Additional Significant Decline in Other Bacteremia Rates across 130 VHA Facilities
    VA introduced the Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Prevention Initiative in 2007. Although the Initiative was perceived as only targeting MRSA, it also expanded infection prevention and control programs and resources, which could result in lower rates of infection with other pathogenic bacteria. This study assessed the effect of the MRSA Initiative on hospital-onset gram-negative...
    Date: June 28, 2016
  • Targeted Cost-Saving Method for MRSA and VRE Surveillance in VA Hospitals
    Emerging antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococcus), are leading causes of infections in hospitalized patients that result in significant costs, morbidity, and mortality. This prospective study investigated alternative methods for targeted active surveillance (using a prediction rule to identify a group of...
    Date: December 1, 2010
  • Responding to Decline in MRSA Infection
    This JAMA Editorial reports on the current status of MRSA (methicillin-resistant S aureus) infection rates – and what it may mean for the future. Using data from 2005-2008, the CDC’s surveillance system showed a continuous decline of invasive MRSA disease. This includes an estimated 9.4% annual decrease in hospital onset and an estimated 5.7% annual decrease in healthcare-associated community-onse...
    Date: August 11, 2010
  • Implementation of a VA Quality Improvement Initiative Improves Knowledge and Perceptions Regarding MRSA Prevention
    Implementation of the initiative at 17 VAMCs was associated with temporal improvements in knowledge and perceptions regarding MRSA prevention. Between baseline and follow-up, there were increases in the number of respondents who: correctly identified that alcohol-based hand rub is more effective at inactivating MRSA than soap and water, reported cleaning their hands when entering and exiting a pa...
    Date: February 3, 2010
  • Toyota Production System Methodology Leads to Improved Peri-Operative Care in One VAMC
    In the Toyota Production System (TPS) industrial engineering approach, front-line work groups identify problems, experiment with possible solutions, measure the results, and implement strategies to improve quality, resulting in a “ground-up” rather than “top-down” approach to solving system problems. Beginning in 2001, one VAMC instituted TPS methods to reduce Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus ...
    Date: September 1, 2009

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( 5 of more than 19 MRSA focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
CRE 12-286 Preventing MRSA infections: a virtual comparative effectiveness model Rubin, Michael 2015-04-01
CRE 12-291 Checklist to Prevent MRSA Surgical Site Infections Perencevich, Eli 2014-04-01
CDP 13-003 Using Economics and Epidemiology to Evaluate MRSA Decolonization in the VA (CDA 11-210) Nelson, Richard 2013-03-01
RRP 09-163 Assessment of MRSA prevention practice in VA Spinal Cord Injury Centers Evans, Charlesnika 2010-04-01
IIR 08-075 Improving MRSA Control through Simulation and Surveillance Rubin, Michael 2009-07-01

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

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The most recent "MRSA" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
6/14/2016 Economic Evaluation of Interventions to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections in the VA Nelson, Richard  
7/16/2014 Estimating the cost of healthcare-associated MRSA infections in the VA Nelson, Richard  

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Other Resources

  • Learn more about the projects being conducted within HSR&D's Advancing MRSA Infection Prevention CREATE (Collaborative Research to Enhance and Advance Transformation and Excellence) initiative.
  • Learn more about the Quality Enhancement Research Initiative's Antimicrobial Resistance Program and their research to improve the use of antibiotics and prevent healthcare associated infections.
  • Visit the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention to learn more about different types of healthcare associated infections.

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