Board certification goes hand in hand with lower MRSA rates

By: March 20th, 2012 Email This Post Print This Post

Acute care hospitals have lower rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections when having a board certified infection prevention director, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Columbia University School of Nursing.

The study, which was published in the March issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, analyzed data from 203 California hospitals to determine if there is an association between structure and practices of their programs, and frequency of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and is one of the first studies to find a link between patient care practices, infrastructure elements, and rates of healthcare-associated infections, according to a news release from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

Michelle Farber, RN, CIC, president of the APIC, attributes the presence of a board certified director to a higher level of prevention practice implementation, as well as a great awareness of practices.

In addition to having a board certified director, hospitals that participated in multifacility performance improvement projects also demonstrated lower rates of MRSA bloodstream infections, according to APIC.

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