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Updated August 1, 2007

NEXT MEETING:

ANNUAL RETREAT

September 21, 2007

Landry's Seafood, Henderson, La.

Registration Fee - $5.00 (Lunch included)

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REPORTING OF MRSA PNEUMONIA NOW REQUIRED in Louisiana

Dr. Ratard has recently requested reporting of MRSA pneumonia in addition to other invasive infections caused by MRSA. As a result, Infectious Disease Surveillance, Infectious Disease Epidemiology Section of the Louisiana Office of Public Health has created another condition in our Reportable Disease Database (RDD) for MRSA Pneumonia.  MRSA Pneumonia now reportable

 

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CA-MRSA Pneumonia Occurrences

The following is a communication from Dr. Raoult Ratard, MD, MPH, State Epidemiologist, Louisiana Office of Public Health.

Contrary to the rumor there are no aggressive "mutant" strain of influenza going around in the Alexandria region. However there several cases of MRSA pneumonia, one in a 10 year old , one in a 14 year old. Both died with onset of flu-like symtoms and within a day or two sudden worsening and death occurring rapidly. Both had a postive flu test. Both were confirmed bacteriologically as MRSA pneumonia. We are also investigating a 43 year old with MRSA septicemia who is doing well, and a 26 year with pneumonia (possible MRSA pneumonia or MRSA colonization with another etiology for the pneumonia).

As you can see, although a rare occurrence MRSA pneumonia is getting more and more prevalent in the community and we can expect to see more and more cases. Unfortunately when MRSA pneumonia develops, it has a fulgurant course.

We'll send updates as new information becomes available.

The following articles are referenced:

http://www.medscape.com/view article/521338

Severe Community Acquired Pneumonia Due to Staphylococcus aureus, 2003-2004 Influenza Season.  Emerging Infectious Diseases. www.cdc.gov/eid, Vol 12.No.6, June 2006.

 

Presentations from the December 1, 2006 River Region APIC Chapter meeting.

New HICPAC Guidelines for Isolation Precautions

Clean Care is Safer Care

LSU Field House Hospital 3

APIC River Region Chapter Bylaws

New CDC Control of TB in Healthcare Facilities

2005 CDC quideline for Prevention of TB in Healthcare Facilities

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT PANDEMIC FLU - visit the APIC National Website.

APIC  and  PandemicFlu.gov

Keep up with guidelines and information regarding pandemic flu and Avian Flu.

 

State Firemarshall issues final interpretation regarding the use of alcohol handhygiene products in hallways and patient rooms.Louisiana State Firemarshal's Final Interpretative Letter

MANDATORY REPORTING OF INFECTIONS

Four states now require mandatory reporting of health-care infections. Learn more about this issue.

APIC | Mandatory Reporting  Includes new CDC, HICPAC Mandatory Reporting Guidance Document.

TALKING POINTS

APIC GUIDANCE DOCUMENT FOR MEMBERS

OSHA issues comment on Mandatory N-95 Fit-testing Prohibition for 2005

OSHA memo on prohibition of enforcement of TB mask fitting

Below are:

1. The link to the OSHA General Respiratory Protections standard.

http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=12716


LOUISIANA OFFICE OF PUBLIC HEALTH INFECTIOUS DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY SECTION  PUBLISHES 2003 revision of MRSA GUIDELINE

Louisiana OPH - Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program 

At this web page select MRSA Guideline 2003.

INFORMATION ABOUT APIC RIVER REGION CHAPTER  on the members page

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