In this large retrospective database analysis of 8302 patients re-admitted with a culture confirmed SSI from 2003-2007, the % of MRSA infections increased from 16% to 21% over the 5-year period. Compared to non-MRSA infections, MRSA infections were associated with higher mortality, LOS, and cost. Continued efforts to reduce MRSA SSIs are needed to reduce associated morbidity and mortality (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.