Customers tell us that MRSA surveillance is constantly evolving as hospitals grow and new policies are enacted. One key ingredient for success is the close collaboration of Infection Control, which has day-to-day contact with clinicians and patients and is responsible for prevention, and the Laboratory, which is responsible for delivering accurate test results in a timely and cost-effective manner.
In a survey of close to 2,000 members of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) conducted in early 2011, nearly 90% of those surveyed feel that there is a collaborative relationship between Infection Control and Laboratory staff.
World MRSA Day was created to raise the awareness of MRSA around the globe and to activate survivors, communities, governments, healthcare officials and personnel to join together to stop the spread of this preventable disease.
APIC, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and a multidisciplinary clinical advisory panel are working together to enhance collaborations between Infection Control professionals and the Laboratory. The IP Col-lab-oration Project aims to improve communication, to be an education resource for Infection Control and Laboratory professionals and to educate other healthcare professionals on surveillance testing.