Reduction of MRSA Infections in Hospitals in Maryland
Date Range: 2007-Present
Location(s): Baltimore MD, USA
Organization: Plexus Institute
Led by the Maryland Patient Safety Center, use of the PD approach has brought down MRSA infection rates in 38 facilities including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and dialysis center in the Maryland, Virginia, and DC area. This is the first organized patient safety center in the nation to address MRSA infections regionally and across healthcare settings. Their goals include continuing to expand the initiative and bringing MRSA rates down by 30% each year.
From 2003 – 2008, USAID funded five international NGOs, (CARE, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Mercy Corps (MC), Save the Children US (SC), and World Vision International (WVI)), to implement Positive Deviance in Indonesia as part of food security programs. Together, the five NGOs reached 9,997 children across the country. Of this number, 59.6% gained 200g between admission into the program (Day 1) and graduation from the program (Day 10). Of 4,847 participants who were weighed again at the end of the month, 45% had gained the recommended 400g. Results differed slightly (but not significantly) between implementers; however, they differed dramatically between different communities.
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