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MRSA Affects Some Populations More Than Others, Study Shows


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MRSA affects some populations more than others

Medscape reports that patients undergoing major surgery, being black, American Indian, older, uninsured, or receiving treatment in a smaller hospital have increased risk for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection, compared with other demographic groups, a new study shows.

The study results were presented at the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) 43rd Critical Care Congress: Abstract 43, on January 10, 2014.

MRSA infections kill ∼19,000 hospitalized American patients annually; this is similar to the number of deaths due to AIDS, tuberculosis, and viral hepatitis combined.[1]

Table of estimated deaths

MRSA infections kill ∼19,000 hospitalized American patients annually


[1]Clin Infect Dis. (2008) 46(Supplement 5): S344-S349.doi: 10.1086/533590


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