News Item: Hospital in 'war with bad bug'

  1. Hospital in 'war with bad bug'

    MRSA screenings bring about fewer infections


    Staff Writer

    GREENVILLE-When Pitt County Memorial Hospital began screening all hospital admissions and elective surgery candidates for staphylococcus bacteria in February, it became the first hospital in the state and only the sixth hospital in the country to do so.

    Since the screening program was launched, the hospital has screened more than 27,000 patients for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. About 8 percent of admissions-about one in 12-have tested positive, almost twice the expected 3 percent to 5 percent of admissions...