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Visiting reduced at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Unit 3 due to MRSA outbreak

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Charlottetown
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Charlottetown - Government of Prince Edward Island

There is an outbreak of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Unit 3 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Health P.E.I. said Tuesday afternoon.

As a result, visitation to this unit is restricted to one partner in care or visitor at a time until further notice. Exceptions will be made for compassionate and end-of-life scenarios.

MRSA is a bacteria that is resistant to certain types of antibiotics. Health P.E.I. said its infection prevention and control team is working closely with staff and physicians to limit the spread. Infection control measures implemented include enhanced environmental cleaning, use of personal protective equipment and monitoring of hand hygiene compliance.

“In order to ensure safety of patients, staff and visitors, it is important that we limit visiting at this time,” said Tara Ferguson, provincial manager of infection prevention and control at Health P.E.I. “We ask those who do visit to follow all infection control measures, including diligent hand hygiene.”

People wishing to visit with a loved one on Unit 3 are asked to consider using virtual options such as video conferencing until the outbreak has ended.

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