The proportion of patient care delivered in outpatient settings has risen dramatically in recent years and hospitalized patients often leave their rooms for various procedures, but there is limited data on the shedding of highly transmissible pathogens such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in these settings.
Delivery of healthcare services in outpatient settings has increased dramatically. Therefore it has allowed the hospitals to leave the patient rooms for other procedures. But, the study on highly transmissible pathogens like MRSA in outpatient settings has limited data.
The MRSA is highly transmissible from person to person and is the common cause of infections in outpatient centers as well as in hospitals. The infection caused due to MRS is dangerous as it has very few drugs that can treat the infection.A new study published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) found that frequent shedding of infectious pathogens during outpatient visit increases the risk of disease transmission to other patients. The study is based on a six months observational study.
The study has revealed critical data related to the risk factors of MRSA contamination. While, there have been many studies published pertinent to the MRSA contamination in patient rooms but, the study done in AJIC is a distinct study on the contamination of MDR-GNB and MRSA in outpatient settings.After conducting extensive study on the contamination, the data has revealed various risk factors associated with the shedding and dangers to other patients. The study provides evidence outpatient settings could be the key source of transmission. As a result various guidelines have been recommended to block the transmission.