Minnesota MRSA Regulation
There are many forms of dangerous infectious diseases, including MRSA, CRE, C-Diff, Staph and more which can be spread through poor hygiene and infection control practices or other reasons.
Other types of infectious disease include: VRE – Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci are specific types of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria that are resistant to vancomycin, the drug often used to treat infections caused by enterococci. CRE – Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, are a family of germs that are difficult to treat because they have high levels of resistance to antibiotics. Staph – Staphylococcus Aureus is a common bacterium found on the skin and in the noses of up to 25% of healthy people and animals. Staphylococcus aureus is important because it has the ability to make seven different toxins that are frequently responsible for food poisoning.
Minnesota Statute 144.585 MRSA CONTROL PROGRAMS.
According to Minnesota Statute 144.585, in order to improve the prevention of hospital-associated infections due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), every hospital shall establish an MRSA control program that meets Minnesota Department of Health MRSA recommendations as published January 15, 2008. In developing the recommendations, the Department of Health shall consider the following infection control practices:
(1) identification of MRSA-colonized patients in all intensive care units, or other at-risk patients identified by the hospital;
(2) isolation of identified Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus-colonized or infected patients in an appropriate manner;
(3) adherence to hand hygiene requirements; and
(4) monitor trends in the incidence of MRSA in the hospital over time and modify interventions if MRSA infection rates do not decrease.
The Department of Health shall review the recommendations on an annual basis and revise the recommendations as necessary, in accordance with available scientific data.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in both healthcare and community settings continues to be a high priority for the CDC.
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