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Journal Article

Private patient rooms and hospital-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: hospital-level analysis of administrative data from the United States.

Park S-H, Stockbridge EL, Miller TL, et al. PLoS ONE. 2020;15:e0235754.

This study merged inpatient discharge data with annual survey data from the American Hospital Association and found that private patient rooms were significantly associated with fewer hospital-acquired MRSA infections; however the effect of private rooms is disproportionate across hospitals. Hospitals with fewer private rooms stand to see the greatest decrease in MRSA infections from adding additional private rooms. These findings can assist hospital administrators making decisions about facility design and renovation.