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Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infection and Colonization Among Hospitalized Prisoners

  • Marc-Oliver Wright (a1), Jon P. Furuno (a2), Richard A. Venezia (a3), Jennifer K. Johnson (a3), Harold C. Standiford (a4) (a5), Joan N. Hebden (a5), Judith Hill (a5), David M. Hartley (a2), Anthony D. Harris (a2) (a6) and Eli N. Perencevich (a2) (a6)...

Abstract

We assessed methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection and colonization in hospitalized prisoners. Of 434 admission surveillance cultures, 58 (13%) were positive for MRSA. The sensitivity of admission surveillance cultures of samples from the anterior nares was 72% and increased to 84% when the calculation included cultures of wound samples. Hospitalized prisoners are at high risk for MRSA infection and colonization, and surveillance should include cultures of nares and wound samples.

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Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, Department of Infection Control, 2650 Ridge, Burch 124, Evanston, IL 60201 (mwright@enh.org)

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Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infection and Colonization Among Hospitalized Prisoners

  • Marc-Oliver Wright (a1), Jon P. Furuno (a2), Richard A. Venezia (a3), Jennifer K. Johnson (a3), Harold C. Standiford (a4) (a5), Joan N. Hebden (a5), Judith Hill (a5), David M. Hartley (a2), Anthony D. Harris (a2) (a6) and Eli N. Perencevich (a2) (a6)...

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