Webinar Recap: The MRSA Epidemic

February 22, 2016 Stephanie Radcliffe

Jeanine Thomas, the founder of the MRSA Survivors Network, recently presented a webinar for RL on the state of MRSA surveillance in today's healthcare system. The MRSA Survivors Network is a global leader in the fight against MRSA, giving support to patients & families affected by MRSA and other healthcare-acquired infections, and raising awareness, educating and initiating groundbreaking legislation. Jeanine founded the organization in 2003 when she herself survived MRSA sepsis and complicating C. difficile.

MRSA, or methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, is an antibiotic-resistant strain of staph bacteria found in healthcare facilities and the community. It developed due to overuse of antibiotics, which lead to staph mutating to resistant strains. 

Jeanine presented 4 tips to prevent the spread of MRSA at healthcare facilities:

  1. Conduct hand hygiene seminars & webinars using the WHO Hand Hygiene Guide
  2. Retrain for hand hygeine every 3 months
  3. Use the latest software for tracking MRSA in your facility
  4. Test surgical patients before surgery to see if they are colonized (a carrier) for MRSA

Preventing HAIs, like MRSA, is also financially beneficial for hospitals. 

  • In 2017, the federal government will penalize hospitals for patients who contract MRSA during their hospital stay. CMS’s current penalties are only for those in the lower quartile.
  • MRSA costs an estimated $10 billion a year to treat, averaging $60,000 per patient.

Watch the on-demand webinar presentation to learn more



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