Prevention and Control Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) National Clinical Guideline No. 2 | National Resource for Infection Control (NRIC)

Prevention and Control Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) National Clinical Guideline No. 2

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National Clinical Guidelines are “systematically developed statements, based on a thorough evaluation of the evidence, to assist practitioner and service users’ decisions about appropriate healthcare for specific clinical circumstances across the entire clinical system”. The implementation of clinical guidelines can improve health outcomes, reduce variation in practice and improve the quality of clinical decisions. The aim of National Clinical Guidelines is to provide guidance and standards for improving the quality, safety and cost effectiveness of healthcare in Ireland. The implementation of National Clinical Guidelines will support the provision of evidence based and consistent care across Irish healthcare services The guideline is relevant to and has been developed for all healthcare staff involved in the care of patients, residents or clients who may be at risk of or may have MRSA in acute hospitals, obstetrics and neonates, nursing homes/long stay residential units and the community. Such members of staff include medical practitioners, nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants, biomedical scientists, pharmacists and allied healthcare professionals. This guideline acknowledges changes in epidemiology, i.e. the emergence of community-acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA). The public and patients will find this guideline of interest as it outlines the general and specific measures required to prevent and control MRSA and how these can and should be incorporated into quality measures to safeguard the quality of patient care. In addition, a summary version of this document, outlining the recommendations, is also available. This guideline updates the last set of guidelines on MRSA which were published in 2005 by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC)
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