Background: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) surgical site infections (SSIs) increase morbidity and mortality. We examined the impact of the MRSA bundle on SSIs.
Methods: Data regarding the implementation of the MRSA bundle from 2007 to 2008 were obtained, including admission and discharge MRSA screenings, overall MRSA infections, and cardiac and orthopedic SSIs. Chi-square was used for all comparisons.
Results: A significant decrease in MRSA transmission from a 5.8 to 3.0 per 1,000 bed-days (P < .05) was found after implementation of the MRSA bundle. Overall MRSA nosocomial infections decreased from 2.0 to 1.0 per 1,000 bed-days (P = .016). There was a statistically significant decrease in overall SSIs (P < .05), with a 65% decrease in orthopaedic MRSA SSIs and 1% decrease in cardiac MRSA SSIs.
Conclusion: Our data demonstrate that successful implementation of the MRSA bundle significantly decreases MRSA transmission between patients, the overall number of nosocomial MRSA infections, and MRSA SSIs.