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PREVALENCE OF METHICILLIN-RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS NASAL CARRIAGE IN PATIENTS ADMITTED TO DRISCOLL CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

Alfaro, Carmen MD*; Mascher-Denen, Marcella MD*; Fergie, Jaime MD*†; Purcell, Kevin MD, PharmD, MHA†‡

Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: May 2006 - Volume 25 - Issue 5 - pp 459-461
doi: 10.1097/01.inf.0000215228.25382.bd
Brief Reports

A nasal swab specimen was collected for culture within 48 hours of admission and a questionnaire was completed using a convenience sample of 350 patients admitted to Driscoll Children's Hospital between February 15 and March 15, 2005. Of the 350 patients enrolled, 125 (36%) patients were colonized with Staphylococcus. aureus and 76 (61%) of the 125 S. aureus isolates were methicillin-resistant.

From the *Driscoll Children's Hospital, †Texas A&M University College of Medicine, and ‡Healthcare Leaders 2B/Pediatric Research 4U, Corpus Christi, Texas.

Accepted for publication December 12, 2005.

This work was presented in part as a poster at the Infectious Diseases Society of America Annual Meeting, October 8, 2005, San Francisco, CA.

Address for correspondence: Kevin Purcell, MD, PharmD, MHA, Healthcare Leaders 2B/Pediatric Research 4U, 13501 Camino De Plata Court, Corpus Christi, TX 78418; E-mail kevinpurcell@stx.rr.com.

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.