The value of the infection prevention and control nurse led MRSA ward round

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Meticillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) is prevalent in most parts of the world. The study took place at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) a UK tertiary referral hospital. At QEHB innovative nurse led daily ward rounds for patients that acquire hospital acquired MRSA during their hospital stay are undertaken. The aim is to optimise care delivered for these patients whilst at QEHB, thereby reducing the risk of infection in patients with healthcare-acquired MRSA. A segmented Poisson regression model suggests that the MRSA bacteraemia rate was affected where an 88.94% reduction (p = 0.0561) in bacteraemias was seen by the introduction of these ward rounds. We describe a nurse led MRSA ward round which was associated with a lower rate of MRSA bacteraemias.

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Garvey, M. I., Bradley, C. W., Wilkinson, M. A. C., Holden, K. L., Clewer, V., & Holden, E. (2019). The value of the infection prevention and control nurse led MRSA ward round. Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control, 8(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13756-019-0506-6

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