Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics. Most MRSA infections in the community are skin infections. MRSA can cause deadly pneumonia, bloodstream, or surgical site infections in healthcare settings. This page contains MRSA prevention resources and education for both healthcare professionals and consumers.
The following links are APIC and external resources on MRSA for healthcare professionals.
Implementation guides and tools
- Strategies to Prevent Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Transmission and Infection in Acute Care Hospitals: 2014 Update—Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (APIC collaborated with SHEA and other organizations on development of this resource)
- Guide to the Elimination of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Transmission in Hospital Settings, 2nd Edition (2010)—Implementation Guide
- Guide to the Elimination of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the Long-Term Care Facility (2009)—Implementation Guide
- Guide to the Elimination of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Transmission in Hospital Settings - California Supplement (2009)—Implementation Guide
- MRSA definition—Glossary
- The IP Col-lab-oration Project Educational Toolkit
- SHEA/APIC Guideline: Infection prevention and control in the long-term care facility—AJIC special communication
- APIC Text (subscription required)
Education & training
APIC offers a comprehensive collection of clinical education and professional development programs. The following resources are educational opportunities related to MRSA. Visit the Education & Certification page for more educational opportunities.
- Managing Isolation & Screening Behavioral Patients for MRSA & VRE—APIC Webinar
- Active MRSA Surveillance Program - Part 1—APIC Webinar
- Case Study of Active Surveillance Program - Part 2—APIC Webinar
- Microbiology 101 for Infection Preventionists—Online course
- Visit the APIC 2016 Annual Conference website to search for education on MRSA
- Access the APIC 2015 Conference Proceedings for sessions on MRSA
- Vital Signs: Protect Patients from Antibiotic Resistance, March 2016—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- CDC's Antibiotic Resistance Patient Safety Atlas—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Targeted versus Universal Decolonization to Prevent ICU Infection—The New England Journal of Medicine
- Universal ICU Decolonization: An Enhanced Protocol—AHRQ
- Antibiotic resistance threats in the United States, 2013—CDC, HHS
The following links are APIC and external resources on MRSA for consumers.
- Antibiotic Resistance—Monthly alert for consumers
- MRSA in the locker room—Infection Prevention and You web page