MRSA colonization and risk of infection

A systematic review of studies that reported the prevalence of MRSA colonization on admission to the NICU and PICU, and of MRSA infection, found that the overall prevalence of colonization on admission was 2%. In the NICU, around 6% of outworn babies but only 0.2% of inborn babies were colonized with MRSA on NICU admission. The pooled acquisition rate during hospital stay for NICU patients was 6%. Patients colonized with MRSA were 24 times more likely to develop a MRSA infection than non-colonized infants.

MRSA colonization and risk of infection on the neonatal and pediatric ICU. Zervou et al, 2014