I work in outpatient and we have been seeing many cases come back MRSA+ (and these are only the cases that the providers attempted to culture.)
Patients are given Bactrim as a first line treatment if MRSA is suspected. While in the hospitals, isolation is much easier, how do we prevent the spread of infection in the outpatient setting? Right now, the protocol is hand hygiene (no gowns necessary) and to lysol-wipe the entire room once a MRSA+ (or suspected) patient leaves. We also routinely wipe down common areas routinely throughout the day, but this routine is not patient dependent but rather time dependent (on the hour, q2 hour, etc..)
We also provide patient education to help patients decrease the chance of spreading an active infection to those they have close contact with.
Any nurses work in outpatient who experience a similar challenge in how to prevent spread of infection in an outpatient setting?
Thank you for your input!