MRSA Bloodstream Infection (MRSA BSI)
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What is this measure?
The numbers of patients with more than 2 days stay at the hospital that
develop a bloodstream infection caused by Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus
Aureus (MRSA) bacteria compared to the number of patient days for the
How does Kaweah Delta perform?
METHICILLIN-RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS (MRSA) BLOODSTREAM INFECTION
Kaweah Delta Medical Center
Data Source: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) when
from the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)
Benchmark Source: Rates are compared by the CMS to the U.S. national rate
for each Medicare patient type when available, or compared to
the predicted rate provided by the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)
Why is it important?
This information is important because one way to tell if a hospital is doing a good job is to see if
the MRSA rates at that hospital are better than, no different than or
worse than the U.S. national average. MRSA is a strong germ not easily
treated with common antibiotics. If during a patient’s stay at the
hospital, the patient gets an infection in his/her blood caused by MRSA,
the event is called -healthcare onset MRSA bloodstream infection. This
type of infection is very serious and requires expensive antibiotics and
an extended length of stay at the hospital.
Kaweah Delta is in the business of making people better and is committed
to reducing bloodstream infections caused by MRSA – it is one of
our top priorities.
What is Kaweah Delta doing to continue to improve?
At Kaweah Delta, providing safe, high quality and customer-oriented healthcare
services that meet the needs of those we serve is our mission.
Antibiotics are a very important type of medication that helps in the fight
against dangerous kinds of bacteria. For this reason, careful use of antibiotics
to match “right drug” to “right bug” is critical
for effective treatment. Germs such as bacteria have ways to protect themselves
against certain types of antibiotics making them resistant. At Kaweah
Delta, we have a team of Pharmacists and Infectious Disease Physicians
that review antibiotics patients are receiving to determine the right
match for treatment. The role of our housekeepers cannot be understated.
By keeping our hospital clean, they reduce the risk of exposure to resistant
bacteria. Lastly, hand hygiene is everybody’s responsibility. Kaweah
Delta has a hand hygiene program that ensures keeping our hands clean
is top priority!
Front Line Perspective
"Teams of practical and intelligent people are at work to protect
patients at Kaweah Delta every day. Their core objective is better patient
outcomes. They understand how germs are transferred, and are familiar
with methods to reduce risk of exposure. We have professionals who know
how best to treat infections if they occur. You can feel comfortable in
knowing that healthcare personnel at Kaweah Delta make every effort to
reduce the risk of you being exposed to drug-resistant bacteria." - Shawn Elkin, MPA, BSN, RN, PHN, CIC, Manager Infection Prevention
How can patients and families support safety?
Observe your healthcare providers and remind them to wash their hands frequently.
If you are not provided with a way to clean your hands or offered a bath
during your stay at the hospital, request help from your nurse. If your
room is dirty, remind staff coming into your room to help keep it clean.
Remember antibiotics are effective against bacteria not viruses or fungi.
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