MRSA in a large German University Hospital: Male gender is a significant risk factor for MRSA acquisition

Markus Kupfer, Lutz Jatzwauk, Stephan Monecke, Jana Möbius & Axel Weusten
Background: The continually rising number of hospital acquired infections and particularly MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) colonization poses a major challenge from both clinical and epidemiological perspectives. The assessment of risk factors is vital in determining the best prevention, diagnosis and treatment strategies. Materials and methods: We analyzed 798 cases of MRSA in a large German University Hospital over a 7-year period. Data was collected retro- and prospectively including patient age, sex, type of ward and...