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 email@example.com.