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NCJ Number: 228775 Find in a Library
Title: MRSA Prevention and Control in County Correctional Facilities in Southwestern Ohio
Journal: Journal of Correctional Health Care  Volume:15  Issue:4  Dated:October 2009  Pages:268-279
Author(s): Jeffrey A. Webb, R.S., M.P.H.; John S. Czachor, M.D.
Date Published: October 2009
Page Count: 12
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study explored the preparedness of county-level correctional facilities in the prevention and control of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
Abstract: Findings show that prevention and control preparedness activities of county jails in the Greater Dayton area of Ohio are in place: environmental control (95.4 percent), MRSA screening (88.4 percent), standard precautions (84.3 percent), treatment (83.6 percent), personal hygiene (80.6 percent), and education (80.4 percent). However, the results indicate that MRSA prevention and control preparedness in county correctional facilities in the Greater Dayton area demonstrate potential areas for improvement in both rural and urban county jail systems. Emphasis should be on MRSA awareness education for both inmates and staff, including increased work-specific training for laundry, housekeeping, and kitchen workers. As noted previously, education should include transmission, prevention, treatment, and containment. Although the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers is problematic for inmates, easy access to these topical waterless cleansers for enforcement personnel and support staff may be beneficial when hand-washing facilities are not easily or routinely available. Administrators of county correctional facilities may want to consider isolation or cohorting of MRSA-infected individuals when close personal contact is unavoidable, particularly among inmates with behavioral issues. Data were conducted to examine MRSA prevention and control activities of nine participating county-level correctional facilities in the Greater Dayton area. Figures, appendix, and references
Main Term(s): Correctional facilities; Healthcare
Index Term(s): Diseases; Inmate health; Prevention and Education (drug); Rural urban comparisons
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