Mrsa | MRSA May Increase Mortality Rate By 50%


ScienceDaily (Aug. 24, 2011) — Does the Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA, cause more deaths in hospitals than the bacteria that are sensitive to common antibiotics? Opinions have been varied, but now a worldwide study at, among others, Linkping University in Sweden, indicates that the mortality rate can be 50 % higher for intensive care patients infected with MRSA.

Golden staph ( Staphylococcus aureus ) is a common cause of infections in patients in intensive care and in many countries often methicillin-resistant, i.e. it is resistant to most staphylococcus antibiotics. Only a few, very expensive antibiotics remain and they produce challenging side effects. The infection is easily transmitted in hospital settings where many patients are especially vulnerable to infection.


However whether or not MRSA retains an increased mortality rate in patients has been a controversial point. Now, Håkan Hanberger, Professor of Infectious Diseases at Linkping University, has published a study conducted in 75 countries that delivers an unequivocal result: Intensive care patients who received treatment for an infection caused by golden staph 50 % increased risk for fatality if the bacterium is resistant.

“The study also shows that every second staph was resistant to the golden staph penicillin which remains the standard treatment in the Swedish health care,” says Håkan Hanberger.

Hanberger is principal author of the article published in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents , and is now available on the journal’s Web edition.

The study, entitled EPIC II, was


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