Managing an Outbreak of Staphylococcus Aureus in a Rehabilitation Center

Authors

  • Kim Curry PhD RN,

    coordinator of nursing, Corresponding author
      Tampa General Hospital, PO Box 1289, Davis Island, Tampa, FL 33601
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    • Three of the authors are employed by Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, FL: Kim Curry is coordinator of nursing quality management; Mary Ellen Holbrook, now a clinical nurse in the cardiac surgical unit, was a nurse epidemiologist when this article was written; and Molly Holt is a clinician. William Creel is administrative director of psychiatry at Tampa General Rehabilitation Center in Tampa, FL.

  • Mary Ellen Holbrook BA RN,

    clinical nurseSearch for more papers by this author
    • Three of the authors are employed by Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, FL: Kim Curry is coordinator of nursing quality management; Mary Ellen Holbrook, now a clinical nurse in the cardiac surgical unit, was a nurse epidemiologist when this article was written; and Molly Holt is a clinician. William Creel is administrative director of psychiatry at Tampa General Rehabilitation Center in Tampa, FL.

  • Molly Holt RN,

    clinicianSearch for more papers by this author
    • Three of the authors are employed by Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, FL: Kim Curry is coordinator of nursing quality management; Mary Ellen Holbrook, now a clinical nurse in the cardiac surgical unit, was a nurse epidemiologist when this article was written; and Molly Holt is a clinician. William Creel is administrative director of psychiatry at Tampa General Rehabilitation Center in Tampa, FL.

  • William Creel BA RN

    director of psychiatrySearch for more papers by this author
    • Three of the authors are employed by Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, FL: Kim Curry is coordinator of nursing quality management; Mary Ellen Holbrook, now a clinical nurse in the cardiac surgical unit, was a nurse epidemiologist when this article was written; and Molly Holt is a clinician. William Creel is administrative director of psychiatry at Tampa General Rehabilitation Center in Tampa, FL.


Tampa General Hospital, PO Box 1289, Davis Island, Tampa, FL 33601

Abstract

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is an important nosocomial pathogen. This article describes the management of an outbreak of MRSA in a comprehensive rehabilitation center affiliated with a major referral hospital in the Southeast. Collective efforts involving quality assurance measures, restricted admissions, staff education, and infection control surveillance were employed in managing this outbreak. An effective management program that included standardized isolation precautions was developed and implemented. An algorithm for managing infected or colonized patients is featured.

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