Who Is at Risk for Getting MRSA?
Risk Factors for Healthcare-Associated MRSAThere 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.