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.
- cross-sectional survey
- patient advice