In its ongoing campaign to improve the quality of care at its facilities, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched a health initiative in 2007 to help reduce the number of drug-resistant staph infections that occurred in VA patients. A study conducted from 2007 to 2012 on veterans in intensive care units in VA hospitals, monitoring them for MRSA, found a 72 percent drop in MRSA rates after implementing better prevention practices.
The VA’s MRSA prevention practices include better patient screening, special precautions for patients already diagnosed with MRSA, and better hand hygiene among all VA hospital personnel and visitors. The VA has also created a prevention culture that requires all VA employees to adopt a proactive attitude toward preventing the spread of diseases such as MRSA. Every VA medical center now has a dedicated staff member whose purpose is to monitor the center’s compliance with the MRSA protection procedures including staff training and working with veteran patients with MRSA and their families.
In 2012, there were 75,309 cases of MRSA infections according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) resulting in 9,670 deaths. With the VA’s precautions, the department hopes to reduce the occurrence of hospital-related infections such as MRSA and improve the quality of care provided to our nation’s veterans, military families, and servicemembers.
Part of making VA medical centers MRSA-free is that all visitors also cooperate with the hygiene rules. If you are visiting loved ones in a hospital, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly and utilize hand sanitizing stations whenever coming into contact with a patient. If you know you have a communicable disease, make the staff aware so you can seek treatment or take the necessary preventative precautions to avoid spreading the illness to other patients, staff, or visitors.
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