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AHRQ cites MRSA mortality figures
According to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), one of every 20 of the roughly 368,600 patients treated in U.S. hospitals in 2005 for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) died. Most of those patients were elderly or low income.
The death rate for hospitalized MRSA patients was higher than the 4% death rate for hospitalized tuberculosis patients. AHRQ also reports that:
This information is based on data in Infections with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) in U.S. Hospitals, 1993-2005, Statistical Brief No. 35 (www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov). The report uses statistics from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, a database that represents inpatient stays in all short-term, non-federal hospitals. The data are drawn from hospitals that comprise 90% of all discharges in the United States and include all patients, regardless of insurance type, as well as the uninsured.