Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus transmission in a low-prevalence healthcare setting

Husam Khanfar, A. Senok, A. Anani, Vitaly Zinkevich

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Background: The aim of this study was to assess the nosocomial transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and the predictive role of colonization pressure (CP) in a low-prevalence healthcare setting. Methods: A retrospective analysis of MRSA infection rates from 2004 to 2009 at the Saudi Aramco Dhahran Health Center, Saudi Arabia, was performed. MRSA patient-days, susceptible patient-days, nosocomial incidence and CP were calculated for each month from January 2008 to December 2009. Results: During the study period, 878 cases of MRSA colonization/infection were identified. Of these cases, 777 (88.4%) and 101 (11.5%) were community-acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA) and healthcare-associated MRSA (HA-MRSA) cases, respectively. A decrease in the number of HA-MRSA cases and an increase in the number of CA-MRSA cases were observed during the study period. The incidence of nosocomial infection per 1000 susceptible patient-days was 1.17 in 2008 and 0.7 in 2009. The monthly colonization pressure ranged from 0.1 to 1.62 throughout the 2-year period. Nosocomial transmission was observed in 13 months of the 24-month study period. No association between the CP of the preceding month and the incidence of nosocomial transmission in the subsequent month was observed. Conclusion: In a setting of low MRSA prevalence, CP does not appear to be a useful predictor of nosocomial transmission or incidence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-316
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Infection and Public Health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012


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