- November 25th 2011
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, the hard-to-control superbug, wreaks havoc on the surgical patients who contract it and is a financial burden for hospitals, new research shows.
Compared with patients who go home from surgery uninfected, patients with MRSA infections are 35 times more likely to be readmitted to the hospital and seven times more likely to die within three months, according to a study in the December 2009 PLoS ONE (www.plosone.org/article/info%3adoi%2f10.1371%2fjournal.pone.0008305). PLoS ONE is a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal published by the nonprofit Public Library of Science.
The study also found that patients infected with MRSA after surgery spent an additional three weeks in the hospital and cost $60,000 more to care for.
"My experience as a doctor for over 30 years is that these infections, once they develop, are just terribly hard to get rid of," said Daniel J. Sexton, MD, senior author of the study. "When you add the time -- every [Read more]