A retrospective cohort study into acquisition of MRSA and associated risk factors after implementation of universal screening in Scottish hospitals

E. H. Van Veltzen, Jacqui Reilly, K. Kavanagh, A. Leanord, G. Edwards, E. K. Girvan, I. M. Gould, F. McKenzie, R. Masterton

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to estimate the proportion of patients who acquire methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) while in hospital and to identify risk factors associated with acquisition of MRSA.Patients were screened for MRSA on discharge from hospital by using multisite body swabs that were tested by culture. Discharge screening results were linked to admission screening results. Genotyping was undertaken to identify newly acquired MRSA in MRSA-positive patients on admission.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)889-896
Number of pages8
JournalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Volume32
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011

Keywords

  • hospital infection
  • MRSA
  • epidemiology
  • Scottish hospitals

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