We have an MRSA policy instituted, however, I just noticed that it states to contact the CDC regarding when the resident is no longer infected. I haven't been able to find these criteria, I've been all over their guidelines. Do any of you have this in your policies? Thanks alot, Kim.
Nov 29, '01
Never heard of this before Kimmyjc. It's not in our P&P.
Nov 30, '01
Your policy appears to be very vague or poorly thought out (a short cut?). You don't contact CDC to determine whether a resident is still infected or not. You do need to review the CDC guidelines before you write a policy.
Our policy (re: whether a resident is still infected or not) is to do a culture when a resident appears asymptomatic or after the course of treatment. Then repeated again after 24 hours (that is, 2 cultures at 24 hr. interval).
Here's a good link in developing a policy about MRSA in LTCFs (needs an Acrobat reader to open)....
Dec 20, '01
Never heard of contacting the CDC for the resolution of MRSA. We do have a list of diseases/conditions that have to be reported to the County Health Department immediately or within one week, but MRSA is not one of the listed conditions.
Aug 24, '05
I think CDC would laugh at you if you called them on a MRSA. Our policy is like some of the others 2 cultures from an infected site 4 hours apart showing neg. We also have to show a neg nasal swab from the same patient to confirm no colonization.
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