Website spotlight: Dallas hospital stops MDRO outbreak in its tracks

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, October 15, 2010

In February, a study—conducted by Extending the Cure, a research project under Resources for the Future that studies the growing problem of antibiotic resistance—was published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology indicating that drug-resistant strains of Acinetobacter have increased more than 300% from 1999 to 2006.

But this was old news to staff members at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, since they experienced the effects of an outbreak firsthand. In 2009, the facility identified four cases of Acinetobacter in a one-week period in the hospital's critical care unit (CCU).

Beth Wallace, MPH, CIC, IP at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, shared her experiences of the incident at APIC's 37th Annual Conference and International Meeting, July 11-15. IC and frontline staff members were able to quickly stop the outbreak from circulating through the hospital and prevent further infections through quick, effective interventions such as contact precautions and active surveillance.

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