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Why aren’t such infections as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) or Clostridium difficle reported on this site ?
Information is reported to the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) regarding antibiotic resistance trends. Rates of specific infections caused by antibiotic resistant organisms such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) and Clostridium difficle, are not collected for the purpose of public reporting. The infections and measures that are reported were selected based on a number of criteria. The infections had to be serious, likely to occur and be detected in facilities regardless of their size, identifiable as being related to hospital care as opposed to being contracted in the community, and be fairly indicative of the level of infection control in the facility. Additionally, the resources of the facilities and the DHSS had to be taken into consideration: Facilities could not feasibly report every infection and the DHSS would not have been able to accommodate this volume of data.