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New York Times on VA drop in MRSA

Thursday, April 14, 2011   (0 Comments)
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Today’s New York Times report by Kevin Sack says that a study of 153 Veterans Affairs Hospitals nationwide have achieved a 62 percent drop in MRSA infections. The story, "VA Shows Hospitals Can Make Large Cuts in Deadly Infections” quotes Dr. Rajiv Jain, who heads the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System hospitals, as saying large scale change in infection reduction is possible. Dr. Jain is the lead of author of one of two studies published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. VAPHS was one of the hospitals in the PD MRSA Partnership, an initiative initially funded by The Robert wood Johnson Foundation and led by Plexus Institute to pioneer the use of the behavior change process Positive Deviance in the fight against healthcare acquired infections. While the article does not mention PD, it does describe the "MRSA Bundle” of infection prevention measures, which include teting all patients for MRSA and isolating those who test positive. MRSA, or Methicilin-resistant Stahylococcus aureus, is one of the most deadly antibiotic resistant pathogens.

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