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Volume 16, Number 4—April 2010

CME ACTIVITY - Research

Community-associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Strains in Pediatric Intensive Care Unit1

Aaron M. MilstoneComments to Author , Karen C. Carroll, Tracy Ross, K. Alexander Shangraw, and Trish M. Perl
Author affiliations: The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Main Article

Table 1

Characteristics of patients screened for and not screened for MRSA colonization at the time of PICU admission, The Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore, MD, USA, March 2007–May 2008*

CharacteristicPatients screened for MRSA, 
n = 1,210Patients not screened for MRSA, 
n = 464p value
Demographic
Median age, y (IQR)5 (0–12)6 (1–12)0.28
Male sex667 (55)255 (56)0.78
Race
White676 (56)234 (51)Referent†
African American403 (33)173 (37)0.07
Other
131 (11)
57 (12)
0.19
Clinical
Known MRSA carrier‡41 (3)12 (3)0.40
Hospitalized in previous 12 mo355 (29)102 (22)<0.01

*MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus; PICU, pediatric intensive care unit; IQR, interquartile range. Values reported as no. (%) unless otherwise specified.
†Obtained from univariate logistic regression analysis.
‡Patients with institutional history of MRSA colonization or infection.

Main Article

1These data were presented in part at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America, Orlando, Florida, USA, April 2008.

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