MRSA infection believed to be surging in U.S.

Accreditation Connection, August 24, 2009

A recent study in the September issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases found that community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) infection appears to be the leading cause in skin and soft-tissue infection (SSTI) in the United States, according to Modern Medicine.

Data from the 2000 to 2004 U.S. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project National Inpatient Sample was analyzed by John Edelsbery, M.D., of Policy Analysis Inc. in Brookline, MA, and his colleagues to identify emerging trends for hospital admissions for SSTI.

According to researchers, annual SSTI admissions increased from 675,000 in 2000 to 869,800 in 2004, which was partly because of a surge in infections by CA-MRSA. Other studies have shown that 14% of invasive infections nationwide and 59% of SSTIs are among patients who came to emergency departments.

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