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Study examines MRSA colonization the NICU

Infants in NICU units were more likely to be colonized with MRSA through siblings than from other patients with whom they share nursing care, according to study published in Pediatrics, October 17.

“Spread of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in a Large Tertiary NICU: Network Analysis [1]” studied 2,620 babies screened for MRSA at Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center’s NICU between Jun 1, 2002, and Dec 31, 2007.

Though having a MRSA-positive sibling was a key factor for the NICU patients colonized with MRSA, having a nurse caring for MRSA colonized patients also increased the odds of infection by 43%, according to the report.