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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

Infection Control Strategies for Preventing the Transmission of Meticillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) in Nursing Homes for Older People

Description of Resource: 
Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is becoming a problem for older people who live in nursing homes. Nursing homes are ideal places for MRSA to spread. This systematic review sought to examine ways of preventing the spread of MRSA in nursing homes for older people and identified 1 study. This study showed there was no difference between the group that was involved in the program and the comparison group that continued with their normal practice. Although there is some evidence for techniques that work well to prevent the spread of MRSA in hospitals, it is not clear if these approaches will work in nursing homes for older people. Further research is needed to establish what will work in nursing homes.

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Developed By: 
Cochrane Review
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Healthcare-Associated Infections
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Hughes C, Tunney M, Bradley MC. Infection control strategies for preventing the transmission of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in nursing homes for older people. Cochrane Database Syst Rev [Internet]. 2013 [cited 2017 12 5];(11):Article CD006354. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD006354.pub4. Available from: