Study urges broad infection control efforts in lieu of MRSA focus

According to a study, focusing hospital resources on a single antibiotic-resistant pathogen as a sole approach to infection control is inherently flawed. Researchers applied attributable mortality principles to a basic model of bloodstream infections to outline the argument. Screening for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus alone made sense in the 1980s, but the ongoing emergence of vancomycin-resistant enterococci and antibiotic-resistant strains of gram-negative rods and Candida species, as well as the recognition of the value of team-based infection control programs, support a population-based approach.


Hospitals seeking to stem nosocomial infections should launch broad population-based infection control programs instead of programs that focus exclusively on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to a study published in the November issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.


(SOURCE: Advisory Board Daily Briefing,, October 27, 2008)