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Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

What is MRSA?

Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium that lives on the skin and mucous membranes of healthy people. Occasionally these bacteria can cause an infection. When S. aureus develops resistance to certain antibiotics, it is called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.

Many bacteria live on and in the body without causing disease/infection. This is called colonization. Colonization does not require treatment. These same bacteria, under the right conditions, can cause disease. This is an infection.

How does MRSA spread?

MRSA can be spread to other people by contact between persons. This contact occurs by touching. Spread of infection occurs by:

  • Picking up the bacteria from the environment on hands.
  • Sharing objects between patients without cleaning in between.

How do we track MRSA?

The microbiology department notifies the infection prevention and control department of every case of MRSA. Patients with MRSA are placed in isolation and special precautions are taken to prevent the spread to other patients.

What do the indicators reported on our website mean?

The Ministry of Health has asked that each Hospital in Ontario report the ratio of patients that acquire  a bacteraemia caused by MRSA while admitted to the hospital per 1000 patient days.

What is a bacteraemia?

The presence of bacteria in the bloodstream.

A “patient day” is defined as one patient staying in hospital for one day.  If 10 patients are in the hospital for one day, that represents “10 patient days”.  Alternatively, if one patient stays in hospital for 10 days, that is also “10 patient days”. When you look at our rates you will know that for each 1000 patient days, “X” number of patients developed MRSA.

MRSA BACTERAEMIA CASES

Clinton Public Hospital

Time Period Rate No. Of Cases
Apr - June, 2017 0.00 0 Cases
Jul - Sep, 2017 0.00 0 Cases
Oct - Dec, 2017 0.00 0 Cases
Jan - Mar, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Apr - June, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
July - Sep, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Oct - Dec, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Jan - Mar, 2019 0.00 0 Cases
Apr - June, 2019 0.00 0 Cases
July - Sep, 2019 0.00 0 Cases
Oct - Dec, 2019 0.00 0 Cases

St. Marys Memorial Hospital

Time Period Rate No. Of Cases
Apr - June, 2017 0.00 0 Cases
Jul - Sep, 2017 0.00 0 Cases
Oct - Dec, 2017 0.00 0 Cases
Jan - Mar, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Apr - June, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
July - Sep, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Oct - Dec, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Jan - Mar, 2019 0.00 0 Cases
Apr - June, 2019 0.00 0 Cases
July - Sep, 2019 0.00 0 Cases
Oct - Dec, 2019 0.00 0 Cases

 Seaforth Community Hospital

Time Period Rate No. Of Cases
Apr - June, 2017 0.00 0 Cases
Jul - Sep, 2017 0.00 0 Cases
Oct - Dec, 2017 0.00 0 Cases
Jan - Mar, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Apr - June, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
July - Sep, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Oct - Dec, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Jan - Mar, 2019 0.00 0 Cases
Apr - June, 2019 0.00 0 Cases
July - Sep, 2019 0.00 0 Cases
Oct - Dec, 2019 0.00 0 Cases

 

 Stratford General Hospital

Time Period Rate No. Of Cases
Apr - June, 2017 0.00 0 Cases
Jul - Sep, 2017 0.00 0 Cases
Oct - Dec, 2017 0.32 1 Case
Jan - Mar, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Apr - June, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
July - Sep, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Oct - Dec, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Jan - Mar, 2019 0.00 0 Cases
Apr - June, 2019 0.00 0 Cases
July - Sep, 2019 0.00 0 Cases
Oct - Dec, 2019 0.00 0 Cases

 

HPHA Combined Rate

Time Period Rate No. Of Cases
Apr - June, 2017 0.00 0 Cases
Jul - Sep, 2017 0.00 0 Cases
Oct - Dec, 2017 0.21 1 Case
Jan - Mar, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Apr - June, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
July - Sep, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Oct - Dec, 2018 0.00 0 Cases
Jan - Mar, 2019 0.00 0 Cases
Apr - June, 2019 0.00 0 Cases
July - Sep, 2019 0.00 0 Cases
Oct - Dec, 2019 0.00 0 Cases