Study: MRSA Outbreak in One Hospital May Affect Other Facilities in the Same Region
A MRSA outbreak at one hospital could lead to infection outbreaks at other hospitals in the same region, according to research published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.
For their study, researchers conducted simulated MRSA outbreaks in various healthcare settings. Results from their research showed every simulated outbreak eventually affected other hospitals in the same network. The impact depended on outbreak size and location.
Specifically, increasing MRSA prevalence at a single hospital (from 5 percent to 15 percent) led to a 2.9 percent average increase in relative prevalence at all other hospitals in the region, ranging from no effect to 46.4 percent. Similar results were found for MRSA outbreaks stemming from hospital intensive care units.
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