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Hospitalization Earlier than 1 Year Prior to Admission as an Additional Risk Factor for Methicillin‐Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Colonization

Laura McAllister , MPH, Robert P. Gaynes , MD, David Rimland , MD and John E. McGowan, Jr , MD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 31, No. 5 (May 2010), pp. 538-540
DOI: 10.1086/652451
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/652451
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Hospitalization Earlier than 1 Year Prior to Admission as an Additional Risk Factor for Methicillin‐Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Colonization
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Abstract

Our case‐control study sought to identify risk factors for colonization with methicillin‐resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) at hospital admission among patients with no known healthcare‐related risk factors. We found that patients whose most recent hospitalization occurred greater than 1 year before their current hospital admission were more likely to have MRSA colonization. In addition, both the time that elapsed since the most recent hospitalization and the duration of that hospitalization affected risk.

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