CDC Report: Progress Slowing in Fight to Reduce MRSA, Other Staph Infections

According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vital Signs report, the rate of hospital-onset methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections declined 17.1 percent per year between 2005 and 2012, but did not change significantly between 2013 and 2016.

The rate of community-onset methicillin-susceptible staph infections increased 3.9 percent annually between 2012 and 2017, possibly due to the opioid crisis, with infections in people who inject drugs climbing from 4 percent in 2011 to 9 percent in 2016, CDC said. "U.S. hospitals have made significant progress, but this report tells us that all staph infections must remain a prevention priority for health care providers," said CDC Director Robert Redfield, M.D.

MRSA is also a prominently featured topic of the Ohio Hospital Association’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network. OHA’s HIIN is current working with hospitals across the state to identify and address the issue and to create target goals and improvement plans to achieve evidence-based, effective practices.

Click here to learn more.