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J Hosp Infect. 1999 Oct;43(2):109-13.

Nursing staff workload as a determinant of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus spread in an adult intensive therapy unit.

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Public Health Laboratory, Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Abstract

Acquisition of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the intensive care unit of a tertiary referral centre was monitored over a 19-month period. The incidence of new cases of MRSA correlated with peaks of nursing staff workload and times of reduced nurse/patient ratios within the unit. This implies that nurse understaffing contributes significantly to the spread of MRSA in an ITU setting.

PMID:
10549310
DOI:
10.1053/jhin.1999.0246
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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