Infection Prevention

Our safety policy

MRSA/HRMO testing

MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) and other HRMO ( Highly Resistant Micro-Organisms) are the most common cause of bacteraemia (the presence of bacteria in the blood) and is the cause of many hospital acquired infections. The Netherlands has a strict policy when it comes to infection prevention and has taken a systematic approach to prevent the MRSA germ from spreading. MRSA has become an endemic inhabitant of many hospitals all over the world, both overseas and in Europe.
The Netherlands has succeeded in maintaining one of the lowest MRSA rates in the world.

Due to the strict health care regulations you are required to undergo MRSA/HRMO screening upon arrival to the Netherlands and prior to your admission into the hospital.

More info:
MRSA policy in the Netherlands
Do I need to be tested?

Why testing is needed

Many people have the MRSA/HRMO germ without ever showing any symptoms. By screening (performing a simple swab test) before your visit, admission or treatment the presence of the germ can be determined. Special measurements to prevent the spread of the germ are taken if needed.
This will lower the risk of complications and infections during your visit or stay in the hospital.

How to test

The test will be performed by a registered nurse in the Netherlands. The test requires a cotton bud swab over your skin.
Swabs may be taken from places, such as your nose, throat, armpits, groin or damaged skin. The test results will be available in a few days and sent to your attending physician.

Your test can be done either upon your arrival at Amsterdam Medical Service at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (Departure 2). Or at the Erasmus MC during your first medical visit.

What if you have a positive test result?

This implies that during your hospital adimission you will have to remain in a single room under Contact Precautions.
Meaning; all medical and auxiliary staff will be wearing protective clothing when they enter your room and further hygiene measures will be in place to prevent spreading.
You will not be allowed to leave your room unless necessary for medical tests or treatment,  and  only when instructed and supervised by medical and auxiliary staff.

If you have any questions regarding this information please do not hesitate to contact your Care Coordinator.

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