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MRSA Infection Rate

Why we measure this

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.

How we measure this

These are measured by the number of infections per 1,000 patient days.

What we do to improve

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.

Graph showing hospital-acquired MRSA infections at MUSC Health