7 findings on MRSA

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The findings on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus are presented in order of publication in Becker's Hospital Review, from January through May 21.

1. A computer-based model could help hospitals control outbreaks of MRSA and identify MRSA patients who don't show symptoms.

2. Ambulance oxygen tanks are likely to carry MRSA, suggesting a need to regularly disinfect medical equipment.

3. Using antiseptic soap, mouthwash and antibiotic nasal ointment post-discharge can help prevent MRSA infections and readmissions.

4. Black children were almost 1.5 times as likely as white children to have community-associated MRSA infections.

5. MRSA bacteremia events declined by 8 percent in the U.S. between 2016 and 2017.

6. Contamination of patient privacy curtains with multidrug-resistant organisms, including MRSA, is common.

7. Patients colonized with MRSA can contaminate emergency department environments.

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