Optometric infection control guidelines assessing patients with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

TitleOptometric infection control guidelines assessing patients with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsLabreche, T., S. MacIver, and N. Furtado
JournalClinical and Experimental Optometry
Volume101
Pagination727-731
Keywordsguidelines, infection control, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, optometry
Abstract

The purpose of this scoping review was to present the state of research regarding optometric infection control guidelines for the assessment of patients with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and to identify any areas requiring further research. Twelve articles were carefully chosen for review. Data extracted included information regarding appropriate handwashing methods (five articles), indications for use of personal protective equipment (one article), management of surfaces that come in contact with an MRSA-infected person (three articles), recommendations for patient appointment scheduling/seating (three articles) and suggestions for staff training (three articles). The results of the review demonstrated that there exist many gaps in the literature regarding comprehensive optometric-specific infection control guidelines. Further research regarding appropriate handwashing methods, equipment disinfection techniques, extent and breadth of staff training and indications for use of personal protective equipment is required to better understand what precautions must be taken in an optometric setting when encountering patients with MRSA. © 2018 Optometry Australia

DOI10.1111/cxo.12681