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MRSA: More Work to be Done - PT480

MRSA: More Work to be Done

by Nancy Donegan, RN, MPH, CIC and Debra Anscombe Wood, BS, RN
(4.4 / 1356 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus is an important pathogen in healthcare facilities and the community and is asymptomatically carried by people who are healthy, have chronic diseases, are hospitalized, or are in long-term care facilities. It also can cause serious infections, including bloodstream infections, pneumonia, wound infections, skin and soft tissue infections, urinary tract infections, and meningitis. MRSA has been associated with higher rates of serious infection and mortality in some studies. Because of its clinical importance, its incidence in hospitals is often used as a surrogate marker of infection-prevention effectiveness. All healthcare team members must play an active role in adopting, modeling, and encouraging practices to prevent the spread of MRSA in healthcare facilities. These include consistently performing hand hygiene, using contact precautions for patients with MRSA, and ensuring appropriately disinfected equipment.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide nurses, dietitians, dietary managers, health educators, physical therapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, laboratory professionals, and imaging technologists with information about the problem of MRSA in healthcare and the strategies to reduce its spread. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the epidemiology of MRSA
  • Identify three factors that put hospital patients at risk for MRSA
  • Describe three strategies healthcare professionals as a team can use to prevent and control the spread of MRSA in healthcare facilities

Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, dietitians, health educators, physical therapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, laboratory professionals and imaging technologists.
Physical therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of Continuing Education for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/21.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 12S1573 for 08/02/12 to 08/02/13; 13S1592 for 08/03/13 to 08/03/14).
The Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CP120019062 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CP130019103 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CE140022798 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE150024025 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-26895 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-435548 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-435548 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 4445 for 07/01/12 to 06/30/13; 5132 for 07/01/13 to 06/30/14; 5678 for 07/01/14 to 06/30/15; 6221 for 07/01/15 to 06/30/16; 2016-182 for 07/01/16 to 06/30/17; 2017-226 for 07/01/17 to 06/30/18).
The Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE003284 for 08/27/12 to 12/31/12; PTCE004238 for 01/26/13 to 12/31/14, PTCE007089 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010226 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18).
The New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 694-2012, expiration date 01/31/14; 687-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-828 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18; 1801-225 for 2/1/18 to 1/31/20).
This course has been approved by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 07/24/12 to 07/31/14; 08/01/14 to 07/31/16; 08/01/16 to 07/31/18.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4435 for 08/01/12 to 08/01/13; 437-4958 for 08/01/13 to 08/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 3/27/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/26/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/28/2021


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Linda H - New Hartford, NY  ·  Nov 12, 2018
This was a good overview and review
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Jacqueline C - columbia, PA  ·  Nov 09, 2018
Very helpful very good educational tools
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Tonia B - Midland, TX  ·  Nov 06, 2018
Good and thorough course.
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Wendy W - Chambersburg, PA  ·  Nov 03, 2018
New info. This is helpful with decreasing spread of MRSA.
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Jody M - Haddonfield, NJ  ·  Oct 29, 2018
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50