Volume 12, Number 9—September 2006
Community-associated Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
|Healthcare exposure||Databases needed||Comments|
|Isolate obtained >3 d after admission||Microbiology laboratory||Microbiology table must contain patient registration date to compare with culture date|
|Hemodialysis||Discharge diagnoses, biochemistry laboratory||Biochemistry laboratory table must contain location of test to identify dialysis clinic|
|Prior hospitalization (within 1 y)||Admission, discharge, and transfer data||Query must be able to compare individual patients across admissions|
|Prior surgeries (within 1 y)||Operating room schedules||May not be readily available in many institutions|
|Prior isolation of MRSA* (within 6 mo)||Microbiology laboratory||Query must be able to compare individual patients across admissions|
*MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
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