Accepted for Publication: July 8, 2013.
Published Online: September 16, 2013. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.10423.
Study concept and design: Dantes, Lessa, Lynfield, Schaffner, Townes, Fridkin.
Acquisition of data: Belflower, Aragon, Dumyati, Harrison, Lynfield, Nadle, Petit, Ray, Schaffner.
Analysis and interpretation of data: Dantes, Mu, Belflower, Ray, Schaffner, Townes, Fridkin.
Drafting of the manuscript: Dantes, Mu, Fridkin.
Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Dantes, Schaffner, Belflower, Aragon, Dumyati, Harrison, Lessa, Lynfield, Nadle, Petit, Ray, Townes, Fridkin.
Statistical analysis: Dantes, Mu, Belflower, Lessa, Fridkin.
Obtained funding: Fridkin.
Administrative, technical, or material support: Belflower, Harrison, Lessa, Lynfield, Schaffner, Townes.
Study supervision: Dumyati, Townes, Fridkin.
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
Funding/Support: This work was supported by the Emerging Infections Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.
Role of the Sponsors: The Emerging Infections Program at the CDC provided financial and material support for conduction of the study, data collection, and management. The National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the CDC provided financial and material support for conduction of the study, study design, analysis, interpretation of data, preparation, review, and approval of the manuscript.
Group Information: Emerging Infections Program–Active Bacterial Core Surveillance MRSA Surveillance Investigators (acquisition of data, compensation received): Art Reingold, MD, California Emerging Infections Program; Wendy Bamberg, MD, Colorado Emerging Infections Program; Heather Altier and Carmen Marquez, Connecticut Emerging Infections Program; Monica Farley, MD, and Janine Scott, MPH, Georgia Emerging Infections Program; Joanne Benton, RN, MHS, Rosemary Hollick, MS, and Janice Langford, RN, MS, Maryland Emerging Infections Program; Lindsey Lesher, MPH, Minnesota Emerging Infections Program; Anita Gellert, RN, Edi Hewa, and Roberto Vargas, MD, New York Emerging Infections Program; Ann Thomas, MD, MPH, Mark Schmidt, PhD, MPH, Robert Vega, and Jamie Thompson, MPH, Oregon Emerging Infections Program; Brenda Barnes, RN, Karen Leib, RN, Katie Dyer, and Wendi Welch, Tennessee Emerging Infections Program.
Additional Contributions: Sandra Bulens, MPH, Brandi Limbago, PhD, and Valerie Albrecht, MPH, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provided technical and administrative support. Paul Eggers, US Renal Data System, assisted in data acquisition.
Disclaimer: The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the CDC. Some of the data reported herein have been supplied by the US Renal Data System. The interpretation and reporting of these data are the responsibility of the authors and in no way should be seen as an official policy of the US government.
Previous Presentation: Some of the data contained in this report were presented in preliminary form as an abstract at the 2013 Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference; April 22, 2013; Atlanta, Georgia.