How UTSW Ensures Patient Safety – Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Bloodstream infections
Why Is This Important?
A blood stream infection is when bacteria (germs) get into a person’s blood. MRSA is a type of antibiotic resistant bacteria that is difficult to treat because it is unaffected by many antibiotics. Many times this infection is a very serious infection and can cause death. There are multiple ways this type of infection can occur such as poor oral hygiene, after surgery or after an intravenous catheter is placed. A low composite means the hospital is good at preventing this serious infection.
What does This Graph Show?
This graph shows the MRSA infection rate of UT Southwestern compared to the expected rate for U.S. hospitals. A lower number is better for this rate. This indicates UTSW is better than most hospitals at preventing this infection.