Impact of results of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus surveillance culture of nasal specimens on subsequent antibiotic prescribing patterns

Jörg J. Ruhe, Barry Kreiswirth, David C. Perlman, Donna Mildvan, Brian Koll

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Abstract

We studied the potential impact of results of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) surveillance culture of nasal specimens on physicians' vancomycin-prescribing habits. We compared 116 case patients who had positive results with 116 matched control subjects who had negative results. On multivariate analyses, a positive MRSA carrier status remained strongly predictive of vancomycin use within the subsequent 12 weeks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)842-845
Number of pages4
JournalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Volume31
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes

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