Bacteria that are resistant to certain antibiotics are not just an issue in the healthcare setting; they are also an issue in the community. The resistant bacteria can be present in home, work and school settings. One of the more common bacteria is Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). Baptist Health Floyd is very proactive in the identification of patients that may carry this organism. Early identification of MRSA can assist the healthcare team in implementing strategies to ensure better outcomes.
- All high-risk patients are screened for MRSA upon admission and prior to any high-risk procedures.
- Once identified as MRSA carriers, affected patients are given a special colored armband to ensure all staff are aware of specific precautions that need to be implemented.
- Based on this screening process, the Physician gives special consideration for the selection of antibiotics.