Regional audit: Perioperative management of MRSA orthopaedic patients in the Oxford region
Article first published online: 28 MAY 2004
International Journal of Clinical Practice
Volume 58, Issue 5, pages 523–526, May 2004
How to Cite
Aslam, N., Mirza, S. and Lo, S. (2004), Regional audit: Perioperative management of MRSA orthopaedic patients in the Oxford region. International Journal of Clinical Practice, 58: 523–526. doi: 10.1111/j.1368-5031.2004.00137.x
- Issue published online: 28 MAY 2004
- Article first published online: 28 MAY 2004
- Paper received October 2003, accepted December 2003
Aim: Methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) colonisation or infection is of particular importance in patients undergoing operations involving implanteable materials, such as in orthopaedic surgery. An audit of the perioperative management of orthopaedic patients in the Oxford region was carried out to assess the level of clinician awareness and the uniformity of current guidelines between hospitals.
Methods: A postal questionnaire was designed for asking information on various aspects of perioperative management of MRSA patients and was sent to each hospital.
Results: Responses were obtained from nine of 10 hospitals in the region. The average response rate for each hospital was 75%, and the overall individual response rate was 67.5% (27/40). Seventy-eight per cent of respondents knew that there was a pre-admission screening policy. Fifteen per cent were unaware of any MRSA policy. Forty-four per cent indicated that teicoplanin was used for prophylaxis in implant surgery whilst 44% used vancomycin. Eighteen per cent believed that cefuroxime was used for prophylaxis. Forty-eight per cent of hospitals had an MRSA-free zone for orthopaedic patients.
Conclusion: This study indicates a lack of uniformity in the perioperative management of MRSA-positive patients in the region and a lack of awareness of both MRSA guidelines and their implementation. Uniformity of MRSA guidelines is necessary to allow better clinician awareness and compliance, especially in surgical trainees who are travelling between different training hospitals in the region. Implementation of such a policy with re-audit of subsequent awareness and compliance is proposed.