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Prevalence of and Risk Factors for Methicillin‐Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Carriage at Hospital Admission

Irma Casas , MD, Nieves Sopena , MD, PhD, Maria Esteve , MD, PhD, Maria Dolores Quesada , MD, Isabel Andrés , MD, Lourdes Matas , MD, PhD, Silvia Blanco , Biol, Maria Luisa Pedro‐Botet , MD, PhD, Montse Caraballo , MD, PhD, Vicente Ausina , MD, PhD and Miquel Sabrià , MD, PhD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 28, No. 11 (November 2007), pp. 1314-1317
DOI: 10.1086/520738
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/520738
Page Count: 4
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Prevalence of and Risk Factors for Methicillin‐Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Carriage at Hospital Admission
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Abstract

To determine the prevalence of and risk factors for methicillin‐resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) carriage at the time of admission to our hospital, we screened the medical records of 1,128 patients for demographic and clinical data. The antimicrobial resistance pattern and genotype of MRSA isolates were studied. The prevalence of MRSA carriage at hospital admission was 1.4%. Older patients and patients previously admitted to healthcare centers were the most likely to have MRSA carriage at admission.

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