Multiple Drug-resistant Organism - Surveillance

Must we perform surveillance on all MDROs, or is targeted surveillance okay?  

Targeted surveillance is allowable for MDROs. Please see NPSG.07.03.01 EP 4, which states, "implement a surveillance program for multidrug-resistant organisms based on the risk assessment." Therefore, if an organization's risk assessment shows that risk is greatest for certain organisms, patient care units or service lines, the surveillance program may be targeted to focus resources on those high-risk issues.
Last updated on April 11, 2016
Manual: Critical Access Hospital
Chapter: National Patient Safety Goals NPSG

If no, please comment on how we could improve this response.

If you have additional standards-related questions regarding this topic, please use the Standards Online Submission Form