University Hospital of Wales Paediatric Intensive Care Unit Guideline Printed on Wed 23-jul-08
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This is a potential problem on the unit. We currently screen all admissions. If a patient is identified as MRSA positive, there are risks to the patient and to other patients. In the ICU situation we cannot expect to eradicate MRSA from a patient, due to all the invasive lines, tubes etc. So once a patient has MRSA he/she should be considered MRSA positive for the rest of their ICU stay (there is no point doing multiple screens for MRSA in these patients). We can, however, attempt to reduce the bacterial load and thereby reduce the risk of cross infection. We audit the cross-infection rate on the ICU and in consultation with the microbiologists have agreed the following policy.

All patients with MRSA must have