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Infection Prevention and Control Update - MRSA outbreak

Posted Feb 21st, 2013 in News

MRSA outbreak declared over on ICU/Progressive Care Unit, St. Catharines General Hospital Site

An outbreak of MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) in the ICU/Progressive Care Unit at the St. Catharines General Hospital Site has been declared over.

An outbreak is declared when the number of hospital-associated cases is higher than what is seen as the normal threshold. There were a total of five cases associated with the outbreak.

The MRSA outbreak was declared on Friday, February 8, 2013.

C. difficile outbreak declared over on Oncology Medical/Palliative Unit, St. Catharines General Site

An outbreak of C. difficile in the Oncology Medical/Palliative Unit, St. Catharines General has been declared over.

There were a total of five cases associated with the outbreak. There were no deaths associated with the outbreak.

The C. difficile outbreak was declared on Friday, February 1, 2013.
“Thank you to all of the staff, physicians and volunteers who worked so diligently to bring an end to the outbreaks as quickly as possible while continuing to provide safe, quality care to patients,” says Kim Stephens-Wood, Vice President, Patient Services. “I’d also like to thank patients, families and visitors for their patience and support during the outbreaks.”

Media contact:
Rebecca Slavik, Communications Specialist, 905-378-4647, ext. 43879.

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