- Article: Winfield J, Wiley C (2012) Tackling infection in care homes.Nursing Times; 108: 7, early online publication.
- Author: Jodie Winfield is infection prevention and control nurse; Carolyn Wiley is operational nurse manager infection prevention; both at Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals Trust.
- Patients colonised with MRSA have an increased risk of developing serious infection
- MRSA screening alone may not reduce colonisation
- Staff ownership of infection prevention and control strategies is crucial
- Practitioners’ knowledge and formal training is vital in preventing the spread of HCAIs
- Nurses wishing to replicate this model need a clear vision, board level support, effective leadership, supportive management and funding
- Why are care homes residents at increased risk of MRSA colonisation?
- Why is it important to screen care home residents for MRSA colonisation?
- How would you organise an MRSA education programme for care assistants in the residential/care home sector?
- Can you identify particular challenges in providing education programmes in care homes and strategies you could use to overcome these?
- What key messages would you include in your programme?