MRSA is the name of a bacterium (yellow staph) that has developed resistance to important types of antibiotics.
Answer Yes or No to the following questions:
- I have previously tested positive for MRSA but have not subsequently had three negative control tests.
- During the last 12 months, I have:
- tested positive for MRSA but have not subsequently had three negative control tests.
- lived in the same household as an MRSA-positive person
- had close contact** with an MRSA-positive person without using personal protection equipment
**ʻClose contact’ means physical contact over time, i.e. that you often spend time with someone known to be MRSA positive and shake hands, hug them etc. without using gloves and a face mask. Examples of situations where such contact may take place are:
- physical contact with a family member or friend known to be MRSA positive
- visits to a patient known to be MRSA positive who is not in isolation (nursing home/community nursing service)
- working for or being at a healthcare service provider where there is an ongoing MRSA outbreak
- been in a country outside the Nordic region where you have:
- been admitted to a healthcare institution
- received a thorough examination or extensive treatment by a healthcare service provider
- worked as a healthcare worker **
**’Work as a healthcare worker’ means all patient-centred work within and outside a healthcare institution, e.g. as a primary doctor, in the community nursing service, in a nursing home or hospital, in development aid or emergency aid work.
- stayed in a children’s home or refugee camp
- been in a country outside the Nordic region and lived in private accommodation (does not apply to a hotel) for three weeks or more. This only applies to students taking up a clinical placement in Oslo Municipality Nursing Administration.
Several environments other than those mentioned may have an increased incidence of MRSA.
If you answered YES to at least one of the questions above, the following applies:
- You have a statutory duty to undergo a methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus test (MRSA test).
- You are responsible for arranging for testing to be carried out by your GP or at the Office of Infection Control in your municipality of residence.
- The student must cover the costs of the medical testing.
- You must inform the placement coordinator at your place of study immediately.
- You cannot start a clinical placement/clinical studies before a negative screening test result is available. It may take some time to receive an answer.
- You must be able to document the result of the testing and present this to the clinical placement institution if required.
- If the test is positive, you must undergo treatment. This may mean that you are unable to undertake a clinical placement/clinical studies together with your cohort, which may impact on your study progress. A positive test does not prevent you from following the theoretical part of the programme of studies.
If you answered NO to all the questions, the following applies:
- You do not need to do anything.
- Later on in the programme of studies, it is your responsibility to report if you have been exposed to infection.