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Overview & Objectives

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is responsible for many infections in humans that are difficult to treat with common antibiotics. This module covers a brief history of MRSA, how bacteria become antibiotic resistant, types of infections where MRSA is found, high risk populations, and how it is transmitted. It also includes the signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, and measures to prevent the spread of MRSA for hospice aides. A brief review of the incidence of MRSA and ongoing research is also included. The following learning objectives for this module include:

  • Discuss the history of MRSA and how it developed
  • List the signs, symptoms, and at-risk populations for MRSA
  • Review how MRSA is diagnosed and treated
  • Identify measures to prevent the spread of MRSA
  • Review the prevalence of MRSA in the United States
  • Discuss the hospice aide’s role in preventing the spread of MRSA


  • Learning Module
  • Group Exercise:  Matching
  • Test Questions
  • Instructor Answer Key
  • Attendance Sheet
  • Evaluation Form
  • Certificate of Attendance