The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announces that it has extended its deadline for participation in the 2010 MRSA Prevalence Survey until Sept. 1, 2010. APIC says that the data derived from the study will be used to help drive greater awareness of the need for infection prevention resources.
In October 2006, APIC conducted the first-ever national MRSA prevalence study, the largest and most comprehensive MRSA study of its kind and provided valuable new information about MRSA in U.S. healthcare facilities. The data showed that 46 out of every 1,000 patients in the study were either infected or colonized with MRSA; a far higher rate than previous estimates. The 2010 follow-up survey will update the current prevalence of MRSA in U.S. healthcare facilities, compare the current MRSA prevalence rate with the rate found in 2006, determine the MRSA control measures implemented between the time of the previous survey and current APIC MRSA prevalence survey, and estimate the impact of recently-implemented control measures on the MRSA prevalence and incidence rates.
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