Meredith Ambrose.

Rajiv Jain, M .D., Stephen M. Kralovic, M.D., M.P.H., Martin E. Evans, M.D., Meredith Ambrose, M.H.A., Loretta A. Simbartl, M.S., D. Scott Obrosky, M.S., Marta L. Render, M.D., Ron W. Freyberg, M.S., John A. Jernigan, M.D., Robert R. Muder, M.D., LaToya J. Miller, M.P.H., and Gary A. Roselle, M.D.: Veterans Affairs Initiative to Prevent Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infections Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections certainly are a problem in the United States1 and elsewhere. MRSA is one of the most common causes of ventilator-associated pneumonia, bloodstream an infection associated with central venous catheters, and surgical-site infections.4 On the basis of the success of the pilot study in the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, and recognizing the importance of preventing MRSA infections for all veterans, the Veterans Health Administration , a division of the Department of Veterans Affairs, issued a directive from March 2007 also to implement the bundle in all remaining acute care devices by October 1, 2007.

After completing the 14-day study-treatment period, individuals were evaluated for 10 additional weeks. Study visits were conducted on times 1, 7, 14, 28, and 84, and sufferers were monitored by way of telephone calls on days 42, 56, and 70. Efficacy assessments were obtained daily through an interactive voice-response system during the period of the entire study . The protocol was created by Salix Pharmaceuticals in collaboration with the academic authors. Data were collected by investigators at each middle and had been monitored by Quintiles beneath the guidance of Salix Pharmaceuticals. The info were analyzed by employees at Salix Pharmaceuticals, in collaboration with the academic authors. All of the authors participated in the interpretation of the info and in the writing of the manuscript.

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