JOHN M. BOYCE, M.D.
To the editor: Hospital-acquired infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus have become increasingly common in the United States and in recent years have affected patients in both community and university hospitals (1). Several recent reports have suggested that such infections often become endemic in affected hospitals despite use of seemingly appropriate control measures (2-4). The report by Peacock and colleagues (3) stated that disappearance of methicillin-resistant S. aureus from an affected hospital has been documented in only two institutions.
I fully agree that controlling outbreaks is difficult and would like to present data from a recent survey of methicillin-resistant S.
BOYCE JM. Nosocomial Staphylococcal Infections. Ann Intern Med. ;95:241–242. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-2-241_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(2):241-242.
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