Cross-sectional survey of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus home-based decolonization practices in Scotland

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Abstract

Despite limited evidence of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) decolonization efficacy, the practice of decolonization for both pre-admission and on-admission patients is growing. Recent research within National Health Service (NHS) Scotland revealed low rates of treatment and consequent low efficacy in home-based decolonization. As no national guidelines on home-based decolonization currently exist, practices within NHS Scotland may be variable. The aim of this study was to establish current pre-admission MRSA home-based decolonization protocols and patient advice within NHS Scotland. Similarities and differences were identified to determine possible sources of variability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-143
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
Volume80
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012

Keywords

  • cross-sectional survey
  • patient advice
  • MRSA

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