PeerJ. 2021 Jun 21;9:e11644. doi: 10.7717/peerj.11644. eCollection 2021.
Anti-methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) drugs are critical final options for treating MRSA infection. This study investigated the percentage of all S. aureus isolates that are resistant to methicillin and also MRSA susceptibility to other antimicrobial agents in the JR Sapporo Hospital inpatient service. The inpatient service MRSA percentages for Japan, Hokkaido, and JR Sapporo Hospital from 2010-2019 were compared, exploring the annual rate of change in the MRSA percentage. We also investigated the antimicrobial use density (AUD) and its relationship with MRSA antimicrobial susceptibility in the JR Sapporo Hospital during 2019. The MRSA percentage in JR Sapporo Hospital was 61.5% (95% CI [52.6-69.7]) in 2010 but was only 51.6% (95% CI [41.6-61.5]) in 2019, which is a 1.43% (95% CI [0.42-2.43]) annual decrease (p = 0.05). Regarding the MRSA antimicrobial susceptibility rate in JR Sapporo Hospital, the highest rates of annual increase were seen for minocycline (3.11% (95% CI [2.25-3.94])) followed by fosfomycin (2.85% (95% CI [1.83-3.85])). Positive correlations with the AUD of anti-MRSA drugs were identified for susceptibility to erythromycin (p < 0.01), clindamycin (p = 0.002), and levofloxacin (p = 0.0005). A recovery of MRSA antimicrobial susceptibility was observed in our antibiogram dataset. Our study supports the potential for appropriate antimicrobial agent use in reviving MRSA antimicrobial susceptibility.