The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the Management of Multidrug-Resistant Organisms in Health Care Settings in 2006 followed by the Guideline for Isolation Precautions: Preventing Transmission of Infectious Agents in Health Care Settings in 2007. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) developed the Enhanced Standard Precautions (ESP) guideline to consolidate the CDC's recommendations. The ESP guideline addresses preventing the transmission of any infectious agent in long-term care facilities. The ESP guideline is attached.Read full article here: http://www.10news.com/news/mrsa-rampant-in-southern-california-nursing-homes-says-new-study
CDPH's ESP guideline recommends that facilities should implement standard precautions which include proper hand hygiene (thorough hand washing) and use of personal protective equipment when in contact with all blood and body fluids from residents. Contact precautions, grouping together patients with MRSA and enhanced environmental sanitation are recommended to prevent the transmission of MRSA in long-term care residents.