Low frequency of environmental contamination with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in an inner city emergency department and a human immunodeficiency virus outpatient clinic

Jonathan A. Otter, Catherine L. Passaretti, Gary L. French, Tracy Ross, Karen C. Carroll, Trish M. Perl

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Abstract

We investigated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) environmental contamination in an inner city outpatient clinic and emergency department (ED). Moistened cotton-tipped swabs were used to sample 63 surfaces in the outpatient clinic and 69 surfaces in the ED. MRSA was identified on none of the 63 surfaces in the outpatient clinic and on 7% of the 69 surfaces in the ED. Our findings may have implications for cleaning and disinfection regimens in outpatient settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-153
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2011

Keywords

  • ED
  • HIV
  • MRSA
  • cleaning
  • decontamination
  • disinfection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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