Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a bacteria that is resistant to many antibiotics. In medical facilities, MRSA causes life-threatening bloodstream infections, pneumonia, and surgical site infections.
These are measured by the number of infections per 1,000 patient days.
MUSC conducts MRSA cultures on all admitted patients to identify those carrying MRSA so steps can be taken as soon as possible to preclude the spread of MRSA within the hospital. We also conduct MRSA cultures on most scheduled surgical patients (e.g., hip/knee replacements) before their surgery. Our laboratory distinguishes infections that are resistant to common antibiotics so that they can be treated with other antibiotics.
The Centers for Disease Control offers these resources on MRSA.