MRSA Diagnostics Market
The abuse of antibiotics has led to the rise of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs). MRSA is the most prevalent of such MDROs with vancomycin-resistant enterococci following behind. These mutated strains are of increasing concern and pose serious public health issues.
With fewer effective antibiotics available, infections caused by MDROs are becoming harder to treat and are associated with significantly higher rates of mortality and morbidity, longer hospital stays, and, consequently, greater healthcare costs. It is estimated that there were approximately 370,000 hospital stays for MRSA infections in 2005 in the U.S., and these stays cost an average of $14,000 versus $7,600 for all other stays. This equates to $2.4 billion in excess healthcare costs. This figure is likely to increase as MRSA screening programs continue to uncover higher infection rates.