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
William J. Staddon
Restricted Access Thesis
Clark, Krista N., "The Practicality and Ethics of Routinely Screening Health Care Workers for Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria" (2015). Honors Theses. 245.