Who Is at Risk for Getting MRSA?

Risk Factors for Healthcare-Associated MRSA

There are several factors that can increase a person's chances of healthcare-associated MRSA. While not actual causes of MRSA, these risk factors include:
 
  • A history of multiple hospitalizations
  • A recent hospitalization for a long period of time
  • Recent antibiotic use
  • Recent surgery
  • Having an IV line or bladder catheter
  • Having a weakened immune system from a medical condition (such as those with HIV or AIDS) or its treatment
  • Living in a nursing home or another long-term residence situation
  • Having dialysis for kidney failure.
     
At least 75 percent of people who develop healthcare-associated MRSA have at least one risk factor.
 

MRSA Staph Infection

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