Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus: Educating Healthcare Workers in the Acute Care Setting
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AbstractMethicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, or MRSA, is an infection that is resistant to many antibiotics. Consequences of MRSA infections-- high morbidity and mortality, higher hospital costs, and longer hospital length of stay-- can be avoided if healthcare workers are educated and take action. An educational module was developed in order to present information defining MRSA, its epidemiology, risk factors, and impact, as well as measures to reduce transmission. The evidence-based module was developed utilizing information obtained during a systematic literature search of CINAHL and PubMed databases for English primary articles published since 2007, as well as other relevant sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This interactive, online educational module could be used to increase awareness and impress upon healthcare workers the importance of reducing the spread of MRSA.