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Universal Admission Screening for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in a Level HID Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: The First 9 Months

  • Patrick J. Myers (a1), John Marcinak (a2), Michael Z. David (a3), Diana L. Zychowski (a2), Susan Boyle-Vavra (a2), Stephen Weber (a3) and Robert S. Daum (a2)...

In response to epidemic methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the community, the Illinois General Assembly mandated that all patients admitted to intensive care units statewide be screened for MRSA. Screening was instituted at our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in September 2007 by a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based strategy. The law created an opportunity to determine the rate of MRSA colonization among neonates, to gather information about subsequent MRSA infections, and to evaluate risk factors for MRSA colonization on admission to the NICU.

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University of Chicago Medical Center, 5841 South Maryland Avenue, MC 6054 Chicago, IL 60637 (
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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
  • ISSN: 0899-823X
  • EISSN: 1559-6834
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