Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) environmental contamination in a radiology department

Publication year: 2011
Source: Clinical Radiology, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 14 June 2011

M.J., Shelly , T.G., Scanlon , R., Ruddy , M.M., Hannan , J.G., Murray

 Aim: To explore the potential risk to patients and healthcare workers of acquiring meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in clinical and non-clinical areas within a radiology department. Materials and methods: High-risk sites in clinical and non-clinical areas within the Department of Radiology were identified and 125 environmental swabs were obtained by an infection control nurse specialist. Decontamination methods and protocols were reviewed and compared against international decontamination best practice. Results: One of 125 samples was culture positive for MRSA. The positive sample was isolated from the surface of the bore of the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit. A hypochlorite cleaning agent was applied using a long-handled…