Microbiologic surveillance using nasal cultures alone is sufficient for detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus isolates in neonates

Kamaljit Singh, Patrick J. Gavin, Thomas Vescio, Richard B. Thomson, Ruth B. Deddish, Adrienne Fisher, Gary A. Noskin, Lance R. Peterson*

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Abstract

During an outbreak of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the neonatal intensive care units at two hospitals, we assessed several sites for detection of MRSA colonization. Nasal cultures found 32 of 33 MRSA-colonized patients (97%). Rectal cultures detected 29% of 24 MRSA-colonized patients identified by paired rectal and nasal samples and axillary samples found 22% of 9 MRSA-colonized patients identified by axillary samples paired with nasal swabs. There were no positive umbilical samples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2755-2757
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of clinical microbiology
Volume41
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)

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