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Epidemiology of Staphylococcus aureus infections in patients admitted to freestanding pediatric hospitals, 2009–2016

  • Alicen B. Spaulding (a1), Cary Thurm (a2), Joshua D. Courter (a3), Ritu Banerjee (a4), Jeffrey S. Gerber (a5), Jason G. Newland (a6), Sarah K. Parker (a7), Thomas V. Brogan (a8), Matthew P. Kronman (a9), Samir S. Shah (a10), Michael J. Smith (a11), Sameer J. Patel (a12), Brian R. Lee (a13) and Adam L. Hersh (a14)...


We observed pediatric S. aureus hospitalizations decreased 36% from 26.3 to 16.8 infections per 1,000 admissions from 2009 to 2016, with methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) decreasing by 52% and methicillin-susceptible S. aureus decreasing by 17%, among 39 pediatric hospitals. Similar decreases were observed for days of therapy of anti-MRSA antibiotics.


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Author for correspondence: Alicen Burns Spaulding, PhD, MPH, Children’s Minnesota Research Institute, 2525 Chicago Ave. S. MS 40–460, Minneapolis, MN 55404. E-mail:


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Cite this article: Spaulding AB, et al. (2018). Epidemiology of Staphylococcus aureus infections in patients admitted to freestanding pediatric hospitals, 2009–2016. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology 2018, 39, 1487–1490. doi: 10.1017/ice.2018.259



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