Hospital acquired and community acquired methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA) has
become an important health issue for in recent years. Up to two thirds of patients that are
hospitalized may be colonized with MRSA. The prevalence in the community is also on the rise
and affects the young and healthy. It is unclear what the true prevalence of MRSA is in our
own hospital and outpatient setting. This information would be relevant to how healthcare
staff adhere to contact and universal precautions. : The purpose of this study is to
determine the prevalence of MRSA in patients that have gastrointestinal endoscopy and
- No evidence of dementia or altered mental status that would prohibit the giving and
understanding of informed consent, and no evidence of psychiatric risk that would
preclude adequate compliance with this protocol.
Subjects must provide signed written informed consent.
- Inability to provide written informed consent.