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Department of Pediatrics

Department of Pediatrics

NEWS | May 5, 2014

UC Davis Children's Hospital opens recurrent MRSA clinic

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.)

Pediatric patients with recurrent MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) can find the help they seek at UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s new clinic.

The Recurrent MRSA Clinic will open Tuesday, May 6, and will be accepting referrals from primary care physicians.

View video about Dr. Blumberg's new clinic

Dean Blumberg, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at UC Davis, has been caring for patients with MRSA for over a decade and has seen an increase in cases over the past five years. He has developed a tried-and-tested line of defense to help treat and prevent future outbreaks. 

"I see the frustration that families face every day when battling community-associated MRSA. I developed this clinic to provide parents with the right resources to fight it once and for all, so they can get back to their day-to-day lives,” said Blumberg.

Blumberg has been able to reduce MRSA recurrences, if not eliminate them, in more than 95 percent of his pediatric patients. In most cases, no further MRSA infections occur after one clinic visit. 

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two in 100 people carry MRSA. MRSA is a bacteria that is resistant to many antibiotics. People can transmit MRSA through direct contact with an infected wound or by sharing personal items, such as towels or razors, that have touched someone's infection. MRSA is frequently spread in places that involve crowding, skin-to-skin contact, and shared equipment or supplies. Most community-associated MRSA infections are skin infections.

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital for children, serving infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. It includes the Central Valley's only pediatric emergency department and Level I pediatric trauma center, which offers the highest level of care for critically ill children. The 129-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac intensive care units. With more than 120 physicians in 33 subspecialties, UC Davis Children's Hospital has more than 74,000 clinic and hospital visits and 13,000 emergency department visits each year. For more information, visit children.ucdavis.edu.