Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit--Taipei City

SC Chyou

1985 Vol.1 NO.12

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During the period January 1984 through April 1985, the infection control committee at Mackay Memorial Hospital (MMH) identified 13 nosocomial infections among infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)*, MRSA isolates accounted for 13 of 17 (76.5%) S. aureus infections in the NICU compared with 18 of 64 (28.1%) S. aureus infections for the entire hospital during this time period. In the NICU, the incidence of nosocomial infections due to MRSA increased from 6.7 per 1,000 discharges in 1983 to 10.3 in 1984, but the increase was not statistically significant. During this to year period, the overall incidence of nosocomial infections due to MRSA in all other units of the hospital was relatively stable at about 0.3 per 1,000 discharges.