TABLE 2.

Characteristics of study patients with a chart-confirmed CA-MRSA SSTI

CharacteristicNo. of patients positive (%)
Total (n = 84)2004 (n = 14)2005 (n = 27)2006 (n = 43)
Age (yr)
    0-1013 (15)238
    11-2019 (23)4510
    21-5041 (49)51323
    >5011 (13)362
Male55 (66)9 (64)20 (74)26 (60)
Hospitalizeda39 (46)11 (79)8 (30)20 (47)
ß-Lactam therapyb57 (70)c12 (86)20 (77)25 (60)
Risk factor for CA-MRSAd17 (30)4 (33)6 (30)7 (28)
  • a Cultures were obtained at the time of admission or less than 48 h after admission.

  • b P = 0.04, chi-square test for trend for decrease over the 3-year study period.

  • c Data not available for two patients.

  • d Among those receiving β-lactams.