Antibiotic resistant bacteria are a serious and increasing issue of United States public health and are detrimental to the health of patients and to health care costs. Health care associated infections are highly prevalent in the United States and are a common cause of mortality and morbidity. A routine screening process to detect resistant bacteria in health care workers does not exist in the U.S., it is suggested that one be implemented. If health care providers test positive, they should be treated for decolonization with mupirocin and chlorhexidine. Routine screening of health care workers is predicted to decrease health care associated infections and costs.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2015


William J. Staddon

Mentor Department Affiliation

Biological Sciences

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Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Biological Sciences