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Evidence of Delays in Transferring Patients With Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus or Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus to Long-Term–Care Facilities

  • Elizabeth A. Bryce (a1), Shelley M. Tiffin (a2), Judith L. Isaac-Renton (a1) and Charles J. Wright (a3)

Abstract

This retrospective case-control study examined whether there was a difference in length of time awaiting long-term-care lacement for patients identified as having methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus compared to controls. Thirty-nine patients with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus waited for placement an average of 61 days longer than controls (P<.0002). The average number of requests for placement was 2.5 compared to 1.7 for controls (P=.015).

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Division of Medical Microbiology, LSP1110, Vancouver Hospital, 855 West 12th Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaV5Z1M9

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Evidence of Delays in Transferring Patients With Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus or Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus to Long-Term–Care Facilities

  • Elizabeth A. Bryce (a1), Shelley M. Tiffin (a2), Judith L. Isaac-Renton (a1) and Charles J. Wright (a3)

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