In our facility we have been coming up with many cases of MRSA. Most of them sputum cases. I have been looking all over in my books and on the internet, but I can't find my answer.
Should we be using droplet precautions for these MRSA positive sputum patients? Should we use these precautions until the patient has been tested again for MRSA?
Over kill is not always the answer. For many reasons Pts do not understand why we wears masks when just entering the room if bug is in urine and they have a catheter... and there is nothing that shows it decreases the risk of spreading. Poor handwashing on the other hand... now there is documentation of that impacting the spread of many things.
But when something runs the risk of being spread via an airborne route, a maks is alwasy a very good idea.
I suggest you look at the www.APIC.org
website. (assoc. for Infection Control Practioners). They have very good educational things available and an IC list serve as well.
Last edit by bernarma on May 28, '02