APIC study raises concerns about infections

By Jason Calhoun, MD

1 in 20 patients may have MRSA

The largest and most comprehensive study to date of the prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in U.S. healthcare facilities indicates that 46 out of every 1,000 patients were either infected or colonized with the bacteria—a rate as much as 11 times greater than previous estimates.

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