May 3, 2011

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Rockland’s two hospitals join forces to fight MRSA infections

NEW CITY – Nyack Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern are joining forces under the leadership of Rockland County Legislature Chairwoman Harriet Cornell to develop a program to combat hospital-acquired MRSA infections.

Cornell began her research on the program called the Pronovost List over a year ago, spoke with health care professionals in other areas who used the program, and worked to implement it in Rockland. The “MRSA bundle” includes universal nasal surveillance for MRSA colonization, contact precautions for patients who were carriers of the virus and hand hygiene. Its main component was the adoption of Positive Deviance, an approach to behavioral and social change that relies on people within a culture to recommend solutions to a problem.

Both Rockland hospitals are onboard with the program.

Founder and president of the Niagara Health Quality Coalition, Bruce Boissonnault, assisted Cornell with program development. “If one hospital in the area has good infection control, but the other hospitals with whom they exchange patients do not, the result is that cross-infections will remain unacceptably high at that hospital, especially for MRSA where the consequences can be devastating,” he said.

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