Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a strain of Staphylococcus aureus that can survive treatment with the antibiotics normally used to treat Staphylococcus aureus infections.
Required for MRSA isolates only, where the Staphylococcus aureus is resistant to methicillin.
Must be used in conjunction with the data element Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus isolate—antibiotic susceptibility indicator, yes/no, code N to indicate the result of each test.
For example, if the MRSA isolate is resistant to trimethoprim, the text recorded for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus isolate—antibiotic susceptibility, text [X(39)] would be trimethoprim, and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus isolate— antibiotic susceptibility indicator, yes/no, code N would be 2 (resistant).
Source and reference attributes
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC)
ACSQHC Healthcare Associated Infection Technical Working Group