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Texas State Associate Professor Rodney E. Rohde of the Clinical Laboratory Science program will be honored next week with the Clinical Laboratory Science Distinguished Author Award.

Rohde is being recognized for his article, “E. Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA): An Interim Report of Carriage and Conversion Rates in Nursing Students,” in which Rohde and his research team examined longitudinal colonization of Staphylococci, including the possibility of MRSA, in a cohort of nursing students over a two-year period. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the the World Health Organization (WHO) say the prevalence of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a serious concern in healthcare settings.

Investigators concluded that MRSA did not increase in nursing students. While S. aureus colonization remained fairly stable, however, there was a significant increase in non S. aureus species (e.g. S. epidermis, S. haemolyticus). Investigators periodically cultured 87 nursing students for MRSA during their clinical rotations during the study.

A final report of the full study is in review by CLS with a publication date likely in late summer or fall 2013.

The project was supported by an internal grant from the Texas State Research Enhancement Program and an external grant from the Texas Society of Allied Health Professions. Additionally, the project was supported by the College of Health Professions.

The award will be presented at the 81th American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science Awards ceremony to be held Aug. 1 in Houston. Rohde will receive the award with his co-authors: Tom Patterson and Gerald Redwine, both with the Clinical Laboratory Science Program in the College of Health Professions, Cheryl Rowder, former associate professor with the St. David’s School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions, Bob Edward Vásquez in the School of Criminal Justice and Emillio Carranco, director of the Student Health Center.

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