Occurrence of nosocomial methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus as a marker for transmission in a surgical intensive care unit in China

Yong Chen, Wei Zhao, Hui Liu, Qing Song, Yan Wang, Jingya Zhao, Dongyu Zheng, Xuelin Han, Xiaohua Hu, Hajo Grundmann, Li Han*

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In 2008, an intensive care unit (ICU) in a large Chinese hospital was moved from a 6-bed old ward to a 20-bed new ward. After the move, the prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in patients and environmental sites decreased significantly, but the number of ICU-acquired cases per imported MRSA case increased from 1.4 to 4.1. This study suggests that the nurse cohorting level and hand hygiene compliance are strong predicators of MRSA transmission in ICUs. Copyright (C) 2014 by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)436-438
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of infection control
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr-2014


  • Ward expansion
  • Infection control
  • Environmental contamination
  • Hand hygiene compliance
  • Epidemiology
  • MRSA

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