NEWS SCAN Special Edition: MRSA in healthcare settings

first_imgMar 25, 2009 – The annual meeting of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America took place Mar 20-22 in San Diego. This News Scan Special Edition surveys a selection of the abundant research from that meeting on combating MRSA in healthcare institutions.’Positive Deviance’ makes difference in reducing MRSA ratesThree hospitals and healthcare systems in different parts of the United States significantly reduced their in-house transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) by mounting a multi-pronged prevention effort of active surveillance, hand hygiene, and contact precautions. A key to the program’s success was “Positive Deviance,” an organizational technique that identifies personnel who are good problem solvers and keeps their ideas from being stifled by custom and hierarchy. The trial, co-sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Plexus Institute, reduced MRSA incidence in the hospitals by up to 62%.Invasive MRSA declining, may be due to hospital control effortsA CDC analysis of data from the Active Bacterial Core surveillance system, drawn from nine sites across the United States, shows that cases of invasive hospital-onset MRSA declined 16% from 2005 to 2007. Invasive cases that were due to hospital infection, but arose after discharge, declined 8.7%. In a related survey of 134 hospitals, almost all were deploying some MRSA-prevention measures out of a generally accepted menu of seven recommended practices, though no hospital was using all seven. The reduction in invasive MRSA may be linked to hospitals’ increased efforts.MRSA control in ICU leads to reductions throughout hospitalA MRSA-prevention campaign at the Billings Clinic, a 270-bed community hospital in Billings, Mont., demonstrated that limited control efforts may have broad reach. The hospital instituted active surveillance and hand hygiene in its 22-bed ICU and saw hospital-wide MRSA incidence fall from 1.2 cases per 1,000 patient-days to 0.27 per 1,000; reductions continued for 20 months.MRSA cases in hospitals may have been acquired in communityAn analysis of patients in a large Delaware healthcare system who were newly identified as having MRSA colonization shows that the vast majority of colonizations were not acquired during the hospital stay, but were present on admission. Only 13% were acquired in-hospital, suggesting that programs aimed at stopping hospital transmission could not have prevented them, and demonstrating that the complex epidemiology of MRSA in hospital and community is likely to complicate MRSA control.Community strains causing increasing number of hospital infectionsAt Stroger Hospital, the main public hospital for downtown Chicago, the incidence of hospital-associated bloodstream infections caused by MRSA has not changed significantly over 7 years. However, the proportion of those invasive infections caused by a community-genotype MRSA strain has more than doubled, from 32% of cases in 2000-2003 to 68% in 2004-2007.last_img read more

Randall D. Martin

first_imgRandall D. Martin, 102, Greensburg passed away on April 13, 2018 at Morning Breeze Retirement Community & Healthcare Center.Randall was born in Covington, Kentucky on October 12, 1915 to Morge and Flossie (Davern) Martin.Randall graduated from Napoleon High School in 1933.  He grew up and lived in Napoleon most of his life before later moving to Greensburg.  He joined the Army and served during WWII from 1941 until 1945.  He served in the South Pacific in the 1st Cavalry Division, 7th Cavalry Regiment and he received 4 bronze stars during his tour.Randall worked for Hill-Rom in Batesville as a machine operator.  He was a member of the V.F.W. in Napoleon and the American Legion Post 129 in Greensburg.He married Anna Marie Fisse in St. Maurice on August 30, 1958 and she preceded him in death on June 18, 2012.Randall is survived by one brother-in-law, Charles (Eileen) Fisse, St. Maurice, two sister-in-laws, Judy Muckerheide, Greensburg, Ellen (Lee) Wallace, Collinsville, IL, eight nieces and nephews, Doug Fisse, Cindy Stevens, Pam Thackery, Jenny Feebeck, Jill Bruce, Phil Fisse, Lisa Readmond, Janice Wallace, several great nieces and nephews, and his many friends at Morning Breeze.He was preceded in death by his parents, Morge and Flossie Martin, wife, Anna Marie Martin, and brother, Howard Martin.Visitation will be from 12 pm to 2 pm on Tuesday at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home followed by Funeral Services at 2 pm with Pastor Greg Redd officiating.Burial and military graveside rites will follow at South Park Cemetery.Memorials can be made to Decatur County Hospice.Online condolences can be made at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Online Marketing Tips Get Funny and Get Noticed

first_imgRead why adding some humor to your content and messaging may be one of the best online marketing tips you’ll ever receive.laughingLeyl Master Black of Mashable offers seven online marketing tips for using humor to help get your message across and make your content shareable.“Making your marketing fun can go a long way towards capturing” the attention of your customers, Black writes, and as a small business “it’s easier for you to get your offbeat ideas off the ground.”Black begins the list with real estate broker Herman Chan’s video blog, “Habitat for Hermanity,” that “pokes fun at the real estate business while empowering buyers and sellers with behind-the-scene tips and secrets of the industry.” Next up is HalloweenCostumes.com, which created a Gangnam Style blog post tutorial, and Michael Meyers Public Relations, which grabbed plenty of media attention for one of its clients by grilling cheeseburgers on that client’s new Teflon mousepad.See the full list for a host of online marketing tips and start injecting some humor into your content to get noticed.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more