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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in hospitals: time for a culture change

Peter J Collignon, M Lindsay Grayson and Paul D R Johnson
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (1): 4-5.

Infection control principles need to be at the core of Australian hospitals, not just an afterthought

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections continue to be an entrenched problem in hospitals throughout Australia,1-3 and create an added burden for hospital care, rather than simply replacing infections caused by more antibiotic-susceptible bacteria. The cost of not dealing with MRSA, as is currently the case in most Australian states, appears to be huge, including prolonged patient length of stay and reattendances to outpatient clinics, not to mention the suffering of affected patients. Yet many in the health sector feel overwhelmed by the MRSA problem, and see it as a part of life about which little can be done.

  • Peter J Collignon1,2
  • M Lindsay Grayson3,4,5
  • Paul D R Johnson3,5

  • 1 Infectious Diseases Unit and Microbiology Department, Canberra Hospital, Canberra, ACT.
  • 2 School of Clinical Medicine, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.
  • 3 Infectious Diseases Department, Austin Health, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 4 Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 5 Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.


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