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Colonization and infection of methicilin resistant staphylococcus aureus in intensive care unit patients of Hacettepe University Hospital



Colonization and infection of methicilin resistant staphylococcus aureus in intensive care unit patients of Hacettepe University Hospital



Mikrobiyoloji Bulteni 33(4): 267-276



In this study the colonization and infection rate of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in intensive care units of Hacettepe University Hospital from January 1997 to June 1997, have been investigated. Of the surveillence cultures of nares, throat, perineum and axilla taken from 129 patients, the colonization rate of S. aureus were found as 65.9% (85/129) whereas 43 of them (50.6%) were methicillin resistant. MRSA colonization rate was estimated as 33.3% (43/129), and the highest colonization rate were detected from nose alone (29/43, 67.4%). The infection rate was found 39.5% among MRSA colonized patients. Wound infection accounted for 47% of infections due to MRSA. As the patients of intensive care units are at high risk for MRSA infection, the prevention of colonization should be the first step in infection control strategies in these patients.

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