AAOHN to Host Webcast on MRSA

The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. is hosting a webcast titled Community and Healthcare Associated MRSA: Populations at Risk on Wednesday, May 21, 2008, from 2-3 p.m. EST. The session will focus on the epidemiology and virulence of community- and hospital-associated MRSA (Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus).

Approximately 94,360 people developed a serious MRSA infection in 2005, according to CDC statistics released in 2007. Experts in the health field will offer advice on how to detect clinical signs of MRSA and appropriate methods of treatment for this infection. The webcast will be conducted by Rachel Gorwitz, M.D., MPH, a medical epidemiologist with the Division of Healthcare Quality and Promotion at the CDC in Atlanta and the lead author of the CDC’s guidelines for clinical management of MRSA in the community. She has authored or co-authored several other publications on the topic, as well.

AAOHN says that upon conclusion of this program, participants will recognize and understand opportunities for prevention of MRSA and be able to increase awareness of this infection by educating others on the seriousness of MRSA. The registration fee for the webcast for AAOHN members is $50 if registering online, and $60 if registering via fax or by mail. For non-members, the registration fee is $75 if registering online, and $85 if registering via fax or by mail. Faxed registration forms must be received by 5 p.m. EST on Monday, May 19, 2008.

Members will earn 1 CNE contact hour for attending the session, AAOHN says. For more registration information and complete webcast details, visit www.aaohn.org or call (770) 455-7757.

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