HealthDay News — According to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) rates decreased through September 2015 in Veterans Affairs facilities.

Decreases in MRSA health-care-associated infections (HAIs) were reported in Veterans Affairs acute care in 2012, spinal cord injury units (SCIUs) in 2011 and long-term-care facilities (LTCFs) in 2012 after implementation of a prevention initiative.

Martin Evans, MD, from the Veterans Health Administration in Washington, DC, and colleagues evaluated monthly data entered into a national database from 127 acute care facilities, 22 SCIUs and 133 LTCFs to examine trends in infection rates.

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The researchers found that in all three venues, admission nasal swabbing remained above 92%. During the analysis period, there were changes in admission prevalence, from 13.2 to 13.5% in acute care, from 35.1 to 32% in SCIUs and from 23.1 to 25% in LTCFs.

There were significant decreases in monthly HAI rates (87.0, 80.1, 80.9 and 49.4% in ICUs, non-ICUs, SCIUs and LTCFs, respectively). Nationwide there were two reports of MRSA HAIs in ICUs, 20 in non-ICUs, three in SCIUs and 31 in LTCFs during September 2015.

“MRSA HAI rates declined significantly in acute care, SCIUs and LTCFs over eight years of the Veterans Affairs MRSA Prevention Initiative,” the authors write.


Evans ME, et al. “Eight Years Of Decreased Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Health Care-Associated Infections Associated With A Veterans Affairs Prevention Initiative”. American Journal of Infection Control. 2017. 45(1): 13-16. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2016.08.010

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