Date: 05 Jun 2013

Impact and Management of MRSA in the Long-Term Care Setting

Abstract

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in healthcare facilities. Residents of nursing homes are commonly colonized with MRSA and acquisition within these facilities is common. While treatment of MRSA infection in the NH is more costly than treatment of infections caused by methicillin-susceptible strains, the frequency of serious infections and attributable mortality remains uncommon. Consequently, controlling the spread of MRSA in NHs is primarily a population health concern and interventions to control intrafacility transmissions should be balanced with a concern for resident quality-of-life.