MRSA Screening Policy

People admitted to mental health trusts should not be routinely screened for Meticillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).

People admitted to mental health trusts should not be routinely screened for Meticillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). There is no evidence of any significant risk of MRSA bacteraemia in this patient group.

However, mental health in-patient service providers should bear in mind that their clients may have other clinical conditions that may put them at risk of an MRSA infection. Therefore, all elective and emergency admissions should be screened for any of the following reasons:

  • Those who are admitted to mental health units following surgical procedures
  • Those that are admitted following admission to an acute Trust
  • Intravenous drug users
  • Those who self harm
  • People with a possible diagnosis of delirium
  • People with chronic wounds e.g. leg ulcers, or with indwelling devices such as catheters

(Department of Health, Updated Operational Guidance 2008)

We are committed to ensuring that patients are kept safe whilst in hospital and so have a dedicated policy for MRSA screening.

This policy now includes guidance for our West Kent Neuro-rehabilitation Unit which is an inpatient service for people who have experienced non-progressive neurological illness and injury. The unit is now required to screen every service user for MRSA upon admission.

However, we are committed to ensuring that patients are kept safe whilst in hospital and so have a dedicated policy for MRSA screening.

This policy now includes guidance for our West Kent Neuro-rehabilitation Unit which is an inpatient service for people who have experienced non-progressive neurological illness and injury. The unit is now required to screen every service user for MRSA upon admission.

Statement of compliance

Our MRSA Screening policy complies with the operational guidance set out by the Department of Health on MRSA screening for Mental Health Trusts, which we are committed to and has now been updated to include MRSA Screening for emergency admissions.

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