Infection Prevention and Control of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Western Australian Healthcare Facilities (HCFs)

Applicable to: Nursing, Medical, Allied Health, Laboratory Staff

Description: Describes the minimum requirements for the screening and managing of MRSA and the prevention of MRSA healthcare associated infections in WA HCFs.

Infection Prevention and Control of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Western Australian Healthcare Facilities (HCFs)

Compliance with this Operational Directive is mandatory for all public hospitals and those private healthcare facilities, including satellite haemodialysis units, contracted to provide services to public patients.

This Operational Directive describes the minimum requirements for the routine screening and subsequent management of people identified with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Western Australian (WA) healthcare facilities (HCFs).  All acute care HCFs shall ensure their procedures are aligned with those described in the attached document Infection Prevention and Control of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Western Australian Healthcare Facilities.  Guidance for the management of MRSA positive individuals in specific acute care settings and residential care facilities (RCFs) is also provided.

The Directive also incorporates the requirements for the screening of healthcare workers (HCWs) and the subsequent management of MRSA-positive HCWs.


Professor Bryant Stokes
ACTING DIRECTOR GENERAL
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WA

Date of effect: 15 November 2013 to 15 November 2018

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