Second Look— Clinical News and Views

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MRSA in ED patients
According to online data from Annals of Emergency Medicine, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was present in 5 percent of patients who came to the emergency department (ED) at a single facility. The research team performed active surveillance for methicillin-susceptible S aureus (MSSA) and MRSA colonization in 400 people and found that the prevalence of colonization with MSSA was 39 percent, while the prevalence of colonization with MRSA was 5 percent. An extranasal site tested positive in 80 percent of MRSA-colonized patients, and 45 percent had exclusive extranasal colonization. The main risk factors for MRSA colonization included HIV infection, diabetes, and participation in contact sports.

NFL players and lumbar disk herniation surgery
Linemen in the National Football League (NFL) are often able to return to play after surgical treatment for lumbar disk herniation, according to online data from the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Of 66 linemen diagnosed with lumbar disk herniation who met inclusion criteria, 52 were treated surgically and 14 nonsurgically. Although 80.8 percent (42/52) of players treated surgically successfully returned to play an average of 33 games over 3.0 years, just 28.6 percent (4/14) of patients with nonsurgical treatment successfully returned to play.

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