Carriage of Staphylococcus aureus in the elderly
The point prevalence and incidence of Staphylococcus aureus (methicillin-sensitive and -resistant) carriage by inpatients on acute elderly care wards was estimated. The relationship to body site and to previous admissions to hospital or other institutions was determined. Fifty-five patients were included in the point prevalence study and 136 in the incidence study, which was performed over a two-month period. One in three patients carried S. aureus and 1 in 20 was infected. The incidence rate for MRSA was 2.9%. No endemic strain was found. Nostrils were significantly associated with carriage, and skin break isolates were significant in the point prevalence survey. Screening these sites alone would be most cost effective.
|Keywords||age distribution, aged, aged, 80 and over, bacteriophage typing, carrier state/microbiology, cross infection/microbiology, female, humans, incidence, infection control, male, mass-screening, methicillin resistance, middle-aged, patient readmission, prevalence, risk factors, staphylococcal infections/microbiology, staphylococcus aureus|
M. Parnaby, R., O'Dwyer, G., A. Monsey, H., & S. Shafi, M.. (1996). Carriage of Staphylococcus aureus in the elderly. Journal of Hospital Infection, 33(3), 201–206. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/6966