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Hospital MRSA Prevention Policies Widespread, Varied

Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, August 19, 2010

Nearly all of the hospitals surveyed said they had adopted hand-hygiene practices. Other preventive practices include the use of gowns and gloves and isolation of MRSA-positive patients, said Yoojung Yang, a fellow in the Center for Pharmacoeconomic Research who led the study.

"The results of our survey suggest that pharmacists play a key role in the treatment of MRSA infections," Yang says. Nearly 75% of the responding hospitals said they reviewed antimicrobial prescription orders and placed restrictions on the use of select antimicrobials in an effort to ensure optimal use of the drugs and to reduce the risk of bacterial resistance.

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Janice Simmons is a senior editor and Washington, DC, correspondent for HealthLeaders Media Online. She can be reached at

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