MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)

Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacteria that lives on the skin and mucous membranes (nose) of healthy people. When this bacteria becomes resistant to certain antibiotics it is called MRSA. Learn more about MRSA.

Patients who contract MRSA will be placed under isolation precautions. It is important for all who enter the patient’s room, to follow all of the directions on the precaution sign posted outside the room. Using an alcohol-based hand rub or hand washing before and after contact with any patient is the best way you can help prevent the spread of MRSA.

STEGH posts its infection rates online on a monthly basis with new information posted on our site, and on the Ministry’s website, on the last day of every month.

MRSA Rates at STEGH as Reported to the Ministry​​​​​​​

April - June 2018

Case 0
Rate 0.00

January - March 2018

Case 0
Rate 0.00

October - December 2017

Case 0
Rate 0.00

July - September 2017

Case <5
Rate 0.08

April - June 2017

Case 0
Rate 0.00

January- March 2017

Case 0
Rate 0.00

October - December 2016

Case 0
Rate 0.00

July -  September 2016

Case <5
Rate 0.09

April - June 2016

Case <5
Rate 0.09

 

January to March 2016
Case <0
Rate 0.00

 

October - December 2015

Case <0
Rate 0.00
July - September 2015
Case 0
Rate 0.00
  April - June 2015
Case 0
Rate 0.00
  January - March 2015
Case <5
Rate 0.09
October - December 2014
Case <5
Rate 0.09
  July - September 2014
Case 0
Rate 0
  April – June 2014
Case 0
Rate 0
  Jan – March 2014
Case 0
Rate 0
  Oct – Dec 2013
Case 0
Rate 0
  July – Sept 2013
Case 0
Rate 0
  April – June 2013
Case 0
Rate 0
  Jan – March 2013
Case <5
Rate 0.09
  Oct – Dec 2012
Case 0
Rate 0
  July – Sept 2012
Case <5
Rate 0.10
  April – June 2012
Case 0
Rate 0
  Jan – March 2012
Case <5
Rate 0.09
  Oct – Dec 2011
Case <5
Rate 0.08
  July – Sept 2011
Case <5
Rate 0.08
  April – June 2011
Case <5
Rate 0.09
  Jan – March 2011
Case <5
Rate 0.09

 

The MRSA bacteremia infection rate is calculated as a rate per 1,000 patient days. The “total patient days” represents the sum of the number of days during which services were provided to all inpatients during the given time period.Infection Rate per 1,000 Patient Days

The rate is calculated as follows:

Number of nosocomial patients with laboratory identification of MRSA bacteraemia x 1000
Total number of patient days (for one month)

What does hospital-acquired mean?

Sometimes when patients are admitted to the hospital, they get infections while they are in the hospital. This is a hospital-acquired infection or a nosocomial infection. Usually it is MRSA, VRE or C. difficile.

All Ontario hospitals now report their C.difficile rates monthly. At any point in time, it is not unusual for STEGH, or any other hospital in the country to report the presence of C. difficile in their facility. At STEGH, we continue to monitor all cases of C. difficile in our Hospital and we have numerous infection control processes in place to minimize the risk of infection spreading to other patients. We continue to work together to reduce all hospital-acquired infections, including C. difficile.

Visit the Ministry of Health Care and Long-Term Care website to view other hospital's rates. If you have any questions about this information or about our hospital’s infection prevention and control program, please contact us.