[Infection Control Professionals’ Views on the Handling of MRSA-Colonised Healthcare Workers].

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[Infection Control Professionals' Views on the Handling of MRSA-Colonised Healthcare Workers].

Gesundheitswesen. 2016 Jun 14;

Authors: Peters C, Dulon M, Lietz J, Nienhaus A

Abstract
Background: Colonisation with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a particular challenge for medical staff and their facilities, with a key role being played by physicians alongside infection control and hospital hygiene professionals. Methods: In 2014, infection control and hygiene staff were surveyed on the handling of hospital staff with MRSA colonisation. The questionnaire queried on MRSA management in hospitals and on the cooperation between hygiene staff and hospital physicians and was compared to a survey of physicians' experience with the care of MRSA-positive hospital staff. Results: 124 hospital hygiene professionals participated in the survey. General screenings of staff members were reported mainly for cases of MRSA outbreak. Temporary colonisation is differentiated from permanent colonisation (47%). 2 unsuccessful attempts at decolonisation are normally regarded as an indicator for a permanent colonisation. Generally there was cooperation between hospital physicians and hygiene staff. The responsibility for screening and decolonisation of staff members is shared by both groups with the groups placing emphasis on different focal points. Different approaches for the handling of MRSA-positive staff were reported and recommendations for the work ability vary from merely observing the standard hygiene regulation to refraining from close patient contact or even complete absence from work. Conclusion: MRSA colonisation in hospital staff is being dealt with in different manners. Infection control and hospital hygiene professionals are equally involved in the treatment. Clear regulations would benefit the handling of MRSA in staff members.

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