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News spotlight: Recent study shows decline in hospital-acquired MRSA infections

Nurse Leader Insider, August 16, 2010

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A recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that the United States is making great progress in its mission to fight aggressive infections acquired in hospital settings. Research found that from 2005 to 2008, hospital-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections plunged by about 28%, and community-acquired infections dropped 17%. 

The study drew information from nine metropolitan areas that participated in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Emerging Infections Program/Active Bacterial Core surveillance system, and covered a population of approximately 15 million people. 

The reason for the large drop in infections is  not known for certain, but researchers speculate that it could be credited to a push by hospitals to fight the spread of MRSA and to public awareness campaigns by the CDC and the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services.

Source: CNN Health  and The Journal of the American Medical Association



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