Dr Pascal Gervaz

Chirurgien FMH, chirurgie interne & chirurgie viscérale



Risk Factors for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Surgical Site Infection




by Harbarth S, Huttner B, Gervaz P, Fankhauser C, Chraiti MN, Schrenzel J, Licker M, Pittet D.




We prospectively evaluated 46 possible risk factors for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) surgical site infection (SSI) among patients with MRSA carriage in a large intervention study. Of 6,130 study patients, 68 (1.1%) developed MRSA SSI, which occurred a median of 14 days after surgery. Risk factors associated with MRSA SSI were receipt of emergency surgery, presence of comorbid condition, receipt of immunosuppressive therapy, receipt of contaminated surgery, and a surgical duration longer than the 75th percentile. MRSA carriage on admission did not predict MRSA SSI.



in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology: the official journal of the Society of Hospital Epidemiologists of America 2008 Sep; 29(9):890-3. doi: 10.1086/590193.