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  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assisting
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Christine Wisnom, RN, BSN
Peer Reviewer(s): Veronica Powers, DMD
Item#: L0738
Contents: 1 Course Book (34 pages)
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MRSA Detection and Prevention, 2nd Edition

Price $19.95
Item # L0738
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Release Date: July 30, 2013

Review Date: May 18, 2016

Expiration Date: May 17, 2019


Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was identified in scientific literature in the early 1960s as the major cause of healthcare associated infections. It was first referred to as hospital-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (HA-MRSA), a strain detected in older patients with underlying medical conditions who developed infections as the direct result of their exposure to a healthcare setting. Community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) was identified in 1981 as a new pathogen, emerging in young, healthy, and nonhospitalized individuals within the community. MRSA is a form of staphylococcal infections that involves bacteria that have developed a resistance, over time, to most common antibiotics used for soft tissue and skin infections. The focus of current research is active surveillance in the healthcare setting, followed by contact precautions as indicated, development of newer and more potent antibiotics and antibacterial vaccines, improved infection control techniques, and safer surgical procedures. The White House’s national strategy regarding MRSA is to reduce the incidence of infection by at least 50% overall by 2020 as compared to 2011.

This basic-level course describes the difference between the hospital and community strains of MRSA. The epidemiology, risk groups, and modes of transmission of MRSA are outlined along with the currently available treatment modalities. This course will help clinicians incorporate the CDC Guidelines into their clinical practice to reduce cross-transmission of potential pathogens.


AGD Subject Code: 148

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.



Course Objectives

  • Describe the epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), including its etiology, prevalence, and incidence.
  • Differentiate between the hospital- and community-acquired strains of MRSA, including risk factors.
  • Outline the infection-control protocols used to prevent transmission of MRSA in hospital and community settings.
  • Identify infection control guidelines to prevent transmission of MRSA in dental settings.


Christine Wisnom, RN, BSN, is a nurse educator for the AIDS Education and Training Center in the Department of Oncology and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Her primary areas of interest are infectious diseases and infection control, and she lectures locally, nationally, and internationally on these topics. For many years, Ms. Wisnom served as both a member, and as the chair, of the Infection Control/Biosafety Committee at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. She has published numerous articles and abstracts in both medical and dental journals.


Veronica Powers, DMD, received a BS degree from Providence College and a DMD degree from the Oregon Health & Science University. After working for four years as a general dentist in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Powers returned to New York City to serve as lead dentist for Phoenix House Foundation in Brooklyn, New York, where she provided comprehensive treatment for the residents of a rehabilitation facility. In this capacity, she performed simple and surgical extractions and root canals and placed crowns, bridges, and removable prosthodontics. Dr. Powers created the protocol for the day-to-day management of the clinic and became especially adept at treating anxious patients. Now in private practice, Dr. Powers is licensed to practice dentistry in the state of New York, maintains registration with the Drug Enforcement administration, and is CPR-certified. She has provided volunteer dentistry in India and in Chiapas, Mexico, and has worked with the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile program in the United States.

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  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.