Study finds only low levels of MRSA ambulances

By: March 30th, 2012 Email This Post Print This Post

Chicago-area ambulances are relative free of contaminated surfaces that could cause staph infections to patients, according to a study appearing in the April issue of the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC).

“Detection and analysis of Staphylococcus aureus isolates found in ambulances in the Chicago metropolitan area,”  examined samples from 26 areas inside of 71 ambulances from 34 different Chicago-area municipalities.

Some of the key findings from the study include:

  • Six percent of sites sampled in the ambulances tested positive for staph.
  • At least one staph sample was found in 69 percent of ambulances tested.
  • Five of the 71 ambulances tested positive for MRSA.

“Only 5 of 71 ambulances tested positive for MRSA in at least one location (yielding the 12 MRSA isolates studied). Although there have been few previous studies of front-line advanced life support ambulances, a higher frequency of suspected MRSA in ambulance fleets has been reported previously,” according to the researchers.


You make it sound that there is NO problem ? Let me tell you that One ambulance infected is serious.


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