MRSA: Prevention & Control

 Unfortunately, like many hospitals in Ontario our size, on any given day, STEGH likely has patients in isolation with infectious diseases such as MRSA. Our focus on patient and staff safety includes a concerted effort in preventing and managing MRSA in this facility.

The STEGH Infection Control Committee has supported and recommended a number of strategies to minimize risk as outlined in our policies and procedures.

STEGH uses multiple controls to prevent the spread of MRSA, which includes but is not limited to:

  • Hand hygiene facilitation: Alcohol based hand rub (ABHR) has been strategically placed at Point of Care within the patient’s environment so that all care providers can easily access it. STEGH participated in the MOHLTC Just Clean Your Hands pilot and continues to emphasize hand hygiene practice as one of the key components to prevent spread.
  • Education: STEGH staff has been educated on the procedure for managing MRSA which is based on the Provincial Infectious Disease Advisory Committee’s (PIDAC) ARO Best Practice Guidelines. Infection Control practices are audited on a regular basis.
  • Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): The use of PPE (gown, and gloves) is required by all who enter the patient environment.
  • Isolation requirements: Our control measures include appropriate patient placement. Patients with MRSA will have a ‘Contact’ isolation sign posted outside their room that reviews all necessary instructions that must be followed by all as they enter and exit the patient room. The isolation signage provides a visible communication tool that prompts enhanced environmental cleaning.
  • Tracking MRSA: STEGH screens all patients known to have a history of MRSA, have risk factors for MRSA on admission to our hospital.
  • Environmental cleaning is ongoing using recommended germicides.
    • STEGH conducts daily room cleaning using a special disinfectant.
    • Our cleaning staff is well trained and is dedicated to keeping our hospital clean and safe for our patients.

Visit the Ministry of Health Care and Long-Term Care website to view other hospital's rates. If you have any questions about this information or about our hospital’s infection prevention and control program, please contact us.