2008 - Rapid screening for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) did not reduce MRSA acquisition rate

Pegues, David A.
August 2008
ACP Journal Club;8/19/2008, Vol. 149 Issue 2, p12
Academic Journal
The article focuses on a study regarding the effectiveness of rapid-screening test for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and presents the author's views on it. It describes the procedure of the study, which concludes that rapid screening for MRSA, using a polymerase chain reaction, did not reduce MRSA acquisition in hospital. The author reflects upon the shortcomings of the rapid-screening test and suggests that basic efforts should be taken to reduce MRSA transmission.


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