Neonatal Med.  2013 Aug;20(3):354-360.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Infection in Neonates

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  • 1Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, Asan Medical Center Children's Hospital, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. arkim@amc.seoul.kr

Abstract

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is composed of 80% of isolated Staphylococcus aureus in intensive care units and has become a threat to critically ill population including neonates not only in Korea. A key to success in eradicating MRSA infection within neonatal intensive care unit involves formulating an infection control guideline that is sustainable under the support of senior leader and day to day leader. When decolonization is done with mupirocin, judicious use of mupirocin should be done due to prevalance of mupirocin resistant MRSA strains found in Korea especially in the community hospitals. Implementing an effective infection control strategies to eradicate MRSA among neonatal population in Korea must include medical facilities in the community.

Keyword

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus; Neonates; Infection; Colonization; Prevention

MeSH Terms

Critical Illness
Hospitals, Community
Humans
Infant, Newborn
Infection Control
Intensive Care Units
Intensive Care, Neonatal
Korea
Methicillin Resistance
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus
Mupirocin
Staphylococcus aureus
Mupirocin
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