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News spotlight: MRSA infects one in 20 ED patients

Nurse Leader Insider, January 24, 2011

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According to a study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, 5% of patients in a Boston emergency department were diagnosed with methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and more than half of these carried MRSA on multiple sites.

Also according to the study, patients with diabetes, HIV, and skin or soft tissue complications are among the highest-risk groups for MRSA infection. The study recommends that hospitals test patients in other body sites than the traditional nose swab, as nine of the 20 patients who tested positive for MRSA had bacteria on other sites of the body than the nose.

Source: HealthLeaders Media



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