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Staphylococcus aureus is a common bacterium or germ which commonly lives in the nose and on the skin. Most people who carry the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria do not have an infection. Sometimes people develop infections with this bacterium and require treatment. Infection in the blood is called bacteremia.

When common antibiotics are not able to destroy Staphylococcus aureus, the bacterium is called “resistant”, or MRSA. MRSA stand for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Infections caused by MRSA are not more serious than infections caused by the regular Staphylococcus aureus bacterium. However, only a few antibiotics will treat MRSA infections.

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MRSA Rates

The Ottawa Hospital monitors the amount of blood stream infections with MRSA that patients get while in the hospital. We report these numbers to the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care every 3 months.

MRSA Bacteremia Nosocomial Cases

MRSA Bacteremia Nosocomial Cases
Civic Campus General Campus The Rehabilitation Centre
Quarterly Nosoc. Cases *Pt Days Incidence per 1000  Pt days Nosoc. Cases *Pt Days Incidence per 1000  Pt days Nosoc. Cases *Pt Days Incidence per 1000  Pt days
Fiscal Year 2017 – 2018
Q1 – Apr to Jun 0 41,253 0.00 0 49,080 0.00 0 5,716 0.00
Q2 – Jul to Sep 0 40,725 0.00 0 49,991 0.00 0 5,906 0.00
Q3 – Oct to Dec
Q4 – Jan to Mar
Fiscal Year 2016 – 2017
Q1 – Apr to Jun 0 39,262 0.00 < 5  49,908 0.02 0 4,559 0.00
Q2 – Jul to Sep 0 41,105 0.00 0 50,217 0.00 0 4,455 0.00
Q3 – Oct to Dec 0 40,568 0.00 0 50,717 0.00 0 4,764 0.00
Q4 – Jan to Mar 0 42,784 0.00 0 50,816 0.00 0 5,076 0.00
Fiscal Year 2015 – 2016
Q1 – Apr to Jun < 5 39,165 0.03 0 48,484 0.00 0 4,743 0.00
Q2 – Jul to Sep < 5 39,527 0.03 0 49,107 0.00 0 4,476 0.00
Q3 – Oct to Dec 0 39,760 0.00 < 5 48,524 0.04 0 4,314 0.00
Q4 – Jan to Mar < 5 40,255 0.02 < 5 50,316 0.02 0 4,507 0.00
Fiscal Year 2014 – 2015
Q1 – Apr to Jun < 5 38,452 0.03 0 46,333 0.00 0 4,653 0.00
Q2 – Jul to Sep < 5 37,520 0.03 < 5 46,913 0.02 0 4,637 0.00
Q3 – Oct to Dec < 5 37,644 0.03 0 47,828 0.00 0 4,871 0.00
Q4 – Jan to Mar < 5 37,434 0.08 0 48,302 0.00 0 4,805 0.00
Fiscal Year 2013 – 2014
Q1 – Apr to Jun 0 36,214 0.00 0 45,433 0.00 0 4,897 0.00
Q2 – Jul to Sep 0 36,605 0.00 0 43,974 0.00 0 4,616 0.00
Q3 – Oct to Dec < 5 38,209 0.03 < 5 47,237 0.02 0 4,718 0.00
Q4 – Jan to Mar 0 38,218 0.00 0 46,780 0.00 0 4,815 0.00