Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is almost ten times more prevalent in the U.S. than had been suspected by health officials. The finding is part of a first-ever nationwide study of the super-infection published by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). In their survey of more than 1,000 hospitals covering all 50 states, researchers found that 46 of every 1,000 U.S. patients are infected or colonized with MRSA — a national rate of nearly 5%. As many as 1.2 million patients could be infected each year. Another unexpected finding in the study is that the intensive care areas of medical facilities are not necessarily the most prone to infection — a finding with profound implications not only for hospitals, but also for long-term care settings such as nursing homes. Authors of the study point out that transmission of the organism is preventable, and hope that the report serves as a wake-up call for hospitals and patients alike.
Previously on the DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog, we have posted articles related to:
- MRSA-contaminated hospital rooms
- CDC Guidelines for MRSA and VRE
- MRSA in emergency rooms
- Vancomycin resistance and MRSA
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