French study shows how to reduce MRSA
Article Thumbnail ImageMarch 23, 2010 -- An intensive program of surveillance, precautions, training, and feedback appears to have helped reduce the rate of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) over a 15-year period, according to a report in the March 22 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.
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  • The study comes from the Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris, which administers 38 teaching hospitals in Paris and surrounding suburbs. Dr. Vincent Jarlier, Ph.D., of Groupe Hospitalier Pitié-Salpêtrière in Paris is the lead author (Arch Intern Med, Vol. 170:6, pp. 552-559).

    The program, based on guidelines published by national agencies, focused on isolating patients with MRSA in single-bed rooms, promoting hand hygiene and the use of alcohol-based hand rub, active surveillance of high-risk patients, quick notification of MRSA cases, and feedback on the results.

    Between 1993 and 2007, the rate of MRSA decreased approximately 35%, both as the proportion of MRSA among all strains (a decrease from 41% to 27%) and as the incidence of MRSA cases (from 0.86 to 0.56 per 1,000 days in the hospital). The rate decreased more significantly in intensive care units (a 59% decline) than in surgical (44%) or medical (32%) wards.

    In addition, the use of alcohol-based hand rub increased steadily from 2 L to 21 L per 1,000 hospital days following the campaign.

    The results show that "a sustained reduction of MRSA burden can be obtained at the scale of a large hospital institution with high endemic MRSA rates, providing that an intensive program is maintained for a long period," the authors wrote.

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