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In what settings do MRSA skin infections occur?
• MRSA skin infections can occur anywhere.
• Some settings have factors that make it easier for MRSA to be transmitted.
• These factors, referred to as the 5 Cs, are as follows: Crowding, frequent skin-to-skin Contact, Compromised skin (i.e., cuts or abrasions), Contaminated items and surfaces, and lack of Cleanliness.
By Philip C. Carling, Janet L. Briggs, Jeanette Perkins, Deborah Highlander
We developed a new method using an invisible fluorescent marker to target standardized high‐touch surfaces in hospital rooms. Evaluation of 1404 surface objects in 157 rooms in 3 hospitals revealed that 47% of targets had been cleaned. Educational interventions were implemented, leading to sustained improvement in cleaning of all objects and a >2‐fold improvement in cleaning of surfaces previously cleaned <85% of the time.
Philip C. Carling - 1,2,3,4
Janet L. Briggs - 1
Jeanette Perkins - 3
Deborah Highlander - 4
1 - Department of Hospital Epidemiology, Carney Hospital, Boston MA
2 - Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA
3 - Department of Hospital Epidemiology Rehabilitation Hospital of the Cape and Islands, Sandwich MA
4 - Department of Hospital Epidemiology, Quincy Medical Center, Quincy MA
Clinical Infectious Diseases 2006;42:385–388
© 2005 by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. All rights reserved.
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