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J Korean Acad Nurs. 2003 Oct;33(6):686-692. Korean. Original Article. https://doi.org/10.4040/jkan.2003.33.6.686
Kim YH , Jeon SS , Jeong IS , Chang CH , Kim JH , Huh JA .
Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, Pusan National University, Korea. ungaekim@pusan.ac.kr
Department of Clinical Pathology, College of Medical, Pusan National University, Korea.
Department of Nursing, Pusan National University Hospital, Korea.
Abstract

PURPOSE: To assess the effect of handwashing improving program and MRSA carrier detection program on MRSA(methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) infection rate in a intensive care unit. METHOD: The intervention was Nosocomial Infection(NI) control program consisted of hand washing improving program and identification and treatment of MRSA carrier. Data on the NI and MRSA infections were collected by an infection control nurse based on the definition of CDC. MRSA infection rates were calculated by the number of MRSA infection per 100 admissions or 1,000 patients-days. The difference of MRSA infection rates between pre and post intervention was tested by Chi-square at =.05. RESULT: MRSA infection rates 3.0% or 3.2 per 1,000 patient-days at the pre, 4.6% or 3.7 per 1,000 patient-days at the post, and the differences were not statistically significant (p=.411, p=.769 respectively). CONCLUSION: The handwashing improving program and MRSA carrier detection program was not effective in reducing the Nosocomial Infection(NI) or MRSA infection rates. It is recommended further studies with a longer intervention and follow-up period.

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