As concerns rise over Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) infections in healthcare facilities nationwide, the Maryland Patient Safety Center (MPSC) is leading a promising and cutting edge effort to eradicate transmission of this deadly bacteria.
The MPSC MRSA Prevention Initiative enhances traditional infection control efforts by using a behavior-based social change approach known as Positive Deviance (PD). This approach helps to break down the previously intractable behavioral and social norms that have proved resistant to the policies, audits, hand washing campaigns and educational efforts used by healthcare facilities for decades as prevention interventions.
More than forty hospitals have participated in one of the three phases of MPSC MRSA/PD implementation. The current third phase is funded by CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield through July 2008. Thirty facilities, including hospitals, dialysis units and long term care/rehabilitation units from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are participating in this current initiative.
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