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Risk factors for previously unknown methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) carriage on admission to 13 surgical wards in Europe

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BMC Proceedings20115 (Suppl 6) :O85

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  • Nursing Home
  • Skin Disease
  • Multivariate Logistic Regression Model
  • Urinary Catheter
  • Observational Cohort Study

Introduction / objectives

MRSA carriers admitted to surgical wards may pose both clinical and epidemiological problems. We performed a prospective, observational cohort study of patients screened for MRSA on admission to 13 surgical wards in 4 European hospitals, to identify risk factors of previously unknown MRSA carriage and to define a common predictive rule.


Multivariate logistic regression models were used to predict probabilities of MRSA colonization on admission based on patient characteristics. A scoring system was defined based on odds ratio results. The c-statistic was calculated to evaluate several models.


We enrolled 2901 patients, of whom 111 (3.8%) were unknown MRSA carriers on admission. We identified 7 independent risk factors associated for newly identified MRSA carriage on admission: urinary catheter, nursing home residency, chronic skin disease, wounds, recent hospitalization, diabetes, and age ≥70 years. No risk factor was common to all 4 centres. The overall prediction rule with a lower cut-off had 87% sensitivity and 32% specificity, while values for a higher cut-off were 40% and 89%, respectively. Local predictive rules performed slightly better: 56% sensitivity and 96% specificity for Barcelona. The c-statistic for the model including all centres was 0.64, indicating limited predictive power of the common model.


Risk factors for unknown MRSA carriage vary substantially between surgical wards across Europe. A common predictive rule is of limited clinical value.

Disclosure of interest

None declared.

Authors’ Affiliations

Istituti Ospitalieri, Cremona, Italy
University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland
Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Bangkok, Thailand
Groupe Hospitalier Paris Saint-Joseph, Paris, France
Laiko General Hospital, Athens, Greece
Universiteit Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium
Hospital Clinic de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Ospedale di Esine, Esine, Italy


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