Presented at 2023 APIC Annual Conference
In December 2020, our infection prevention (IP) department noted an increase in Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolates over baseline in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Our hospital sees a steady influx of parents colonized with MRSA and our weekly screening process regularly discovers neonates that subsequently become colonized with MRSA. A doubling of the number of cases per month led to deeper investigation. Epidemiologic data were collected on the neonates and matched to their mother’s screening cultures (when obtained). Sensitivity patterns were matched, and staff noted that a single sensitivity pattern predominated
Stienecker, R. Scott MD, FIDSA, FSHEA, CIC and Thorp, Brittany S. MPH, "METHICILLIN-RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS SCREENING OF NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT STAFF IN AN OUTBREAK SETTING" (2023). Infection Control. 7.