Diane Boyd APN
June 30, 2011
Does Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus screening decrease hospital cost? Nursing has an obligation to their patients to provide the best evidence-based research results, to improve nursing care for their patients. There have been numerous researches in the healthcare field, which has improved patient care. This should be an ongoing process, in order to allow progressive and exceptional care for patients. Several screenings of hospital patient will be reviewed to determine if testing all patients for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus screening is cost effect for patients, and what procedures should be conducted by health facilities to control Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
Does Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus screening decrease hospital cost? In reviewing the article “What is your facility doing to combat MRSA?” patients were screen for MRSA prior to surgery, with the intervention of increased hand washing. This is very cost effect for the patient as well as facilities. Loyola University Medical Center in Illinois was in support of the guidelines of the Association for Professional in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and the CDC for preventing the mushroom effect of MRSA. This hospital piloted a quantitative program for pre-admission testing of all surgical patients and encourages MRSA screening for all patients. With the increase in MRSA infections, the hospital increases the screening to all pre-admission patients. The Association of per Operative Registered Nurse (AORN) encourages all facilities to manage the spread of MRSA, by following guidelines set by the APIC and the CDC. This includes enforcing contact-isolation precautions; hand hygiene policy, and performing screening for MRSA on all surgical patients...