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Endemic methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: Nurses' risk perceptions and attitudes.

Research paper by Ana Luisa AL Pedro, António A Sousa-Uva, Elaine E Pina

Indexed on: 04 Oct '14Published on: 04 Oct '14Published in: AJIC - American Journal of Infection Control



Abstract

Dissemination of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) remains one of the most difficult challenges for prevention, control, and treatment of health care-associated infections. A survey and interviews were conducted on nurses from a hospital center. We found that most nurses' perceived risk of acquiring MRSA related to themselves (72%), other nurses (88.5%), and patients (97.8%). This perception influences attitudes, leading to compliance with the existing recommendations.