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Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in the Community: A Hospital-Based Study

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

Angella Goetz
Affiliation:
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, St Clair Hospital, Forbes Regional Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Kathy Posey
Affiliation:
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, St Clair Hospital, Forbes Regional Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jean Fleming
Affiliation:
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, St Clair Hospital, Forbes Regional Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sharon Jacobs
Affiliation:
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, St Clair Hospital, Forbes Regional Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Linda Boody
Affiliation:
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, St Clair Hospital, Forbes Regional Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Marilyn M. Wagener
Affiliation:
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, St Clair Hospital, Forbes Regional Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Robert R. Muder*
Affiliation:
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, St Clair Hospital, Forbes Regional Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
*
VA Medical Center, University Dr C, Pittsburgh, PA 15240

Abstract

To determine the proportion of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) among patients presenting for hospitalization and to assess risk factors for MRSA carriage, we conducted a study for 13 months at five Pittsburgh-area hospitals. Of 504 S aureus identified, 125 (25%) were MRSA Independent risk factors for MRSA included organ transplantation, employment in a healthcare facility, pressure sores, tube feeding, and hospitalization within the preceding year.

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Copyright © The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America 1999

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