By Kelly Young
The CDC is calling on healthcare facilities to adhere to guidelines for preventing device- and procedure-related methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections. New data show a slowing in the decline of healthcare-onset MRSA bloodstream infections.
In MMWR Vital Signs, researchers report the following:
- From 2005 to 2012, the incidence of hospital-onset MRSA bloodstream infection declined by 17% annually. But between 2013 and 2016, there was no longer a significant decline.
- The in-hospital mortality rate among those with S. aureusbloodstream infections held steady over the study period, at 18%.
- Hospital-onset methicillin-susceptible S. aureus (MSSA) infections did not change significantly. Community-onset MSSA infections increased 4% annually from 2012 to 2017, and the authors say this may be related to the opioid epidemic.
Also in MMWR Vital Signs, the Department of Veterans Affairs reports reducing MRSA infections by 55% over 13 years in a multifaceted prevention program that included screening all new patients for nasal MRSA carriage and using contact precautions for MRSA carriers.