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Volume 17, Number 3—March 2011


Staphylococcus aureus Infections in US Veterans, Maryland, USA, 1999–20081

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Medscape, LLC designates this Journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Release date: February 25, 2011; Expiration date: February 25, 2012

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the change in overall incidence of S. aureus infections between fiscal years 1999 and 2008 based on a retrospective cohort study using patient-level data in the Veterans Affairs Maryland Healthcare System
  • Describe trends in invasive vs noninvasive S. aureus infections, changes in methicillin susceptibility, and changes in location of onset and infection site between fiscal years 1999 and 2008 based on the aforementioned study
  • Describe hospital infection-control practices that may contribute to declining incidence of invasive S. aureus infections

Medscape CME Editor

Karen L. Foster, MA, Technical Writer-Editor, Emerging Infectious Diseases. Karen L. Foster, MA, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Medscape CME Author

Laurie Barclay, MD, freelance writer and reviewer, Medscape, LLC. Disclosure: Laurie Barclay, MD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.


Disclosures: LaRee A. Tracy, MA, PhD; Jon P. Furuno, PhD; Mary Singer, PhD, MD; Patricia Langenberg, PhD; and Mary-Claire Roghmann, MD, MS, have disclosed no relevant financial relationships. Anthony D. Harris, MD, MPH, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationship: served as an advisor or consultant for Ansell on a retrospective database project.


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