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Importance of the environment for patient acquisition of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in the intensive care unit: A baseline study.

This study assessed environmental contamination with MRSA in critical care and the likelihood of new patient acquisition if carriers were (or not) moved to single rooms; 2,436 samples were taken from environments around 114 patients, plus 349 samples from doctors’ hands and telephones. Of 47 bed areas where MRSA strains were identified that were not found initially on patients, only 1 patient subsequently acquired the same strain. Five other patients became colonized with new strains, but these were not found in their environment beforehand. Of 52 colonized patients, 34 had a similar strain found subsequently in their environment. It was concluded that whereas MRSA-colonized patients frequently contaminates their environment, transmission from the environment to the patient was not commonly identified. Critical Care Medicine 2007;35(10):2275-9.