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dc.contributor.authorWerner, Curt
dc.contributor.authorShaban, Ramon
dc.date.accessioned2018-03-26T04:16:12Z
dc.date.available2018-03-26T04:16:12Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.issn2468-0451en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.idh.2017.10.002en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/372368
dc.description.abstractBackground: Australian hospitals routinely screen for multi-resistant organisms (MRO) to prevent the spread of healthcare-associated infection. The results of positive MRSA screening typically include: informing patient of their MRSA, single accommodation and contact precautions within the health care facility. These actions are associated with both negative and positive psychosocial effects, but also bring economic and human resource costs. MRSA clearance, however, is a less routine practice, and it is typically conducted only while patients are admitted. This paper reports the results of a study implementing a MRSA clearance program that included giving patients the opportunity to continue the clearance swabbing regime once discharged from hospital. Methods: Retrospective cohort study of MRSA clearance between 2013 and 2016 at a private hospital in Australia. Results: The MRSA clearance program was successful in increasing the MRSA clearance rate from 0 patients in 2013 to 13% (n12) in 2014, 11% (n10) in 2015, and 18% (n14) in 2016. Conclusion: Allowing patients to continuing participation in MRSA clearance following discharge has increased the clearance rate of MRSA. Clearing patients of MRSAs is advantageous to patients, the health system and society, reducing health economic costs and the negative psychosocial effects associated with contact precautions.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.publisherElsevieren_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom57en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto62en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue1en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalInfection, Disease & Healthen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume23en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPublic Health and Health Services not elsewhere classifieden_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode111799en_US
dc.titleSuccessfully clearing discharged patients of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: Opportunities for the prevention and containment of antimicrobial resistanceen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
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