Abstract

Background

The Department of Veterans Affairs implemented an active surveillance program for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in 2007 in which acute care inpatients are tested for MRSA carriage on admission, unit-to-unit transfer, and discharge. Using these data, we followed patients longitudinally to estimate the difference in infection rates for those who were not colonized, those who were colonized on admission (importers), and those who acquired MRSA during their stay. We examined MRSA infections that occurred prior to discharge and at 30, 90, 180, and 365 days after discharge.

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