Nasal swab screening for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: how well does it perform? A cross-sectional study

Ann Matheson, Peter Christie, Traiani Stari, Kim Kavanagh, Ian M. Gould, Robert Masterton, Jacqui Reilly

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The aim of this study was to determine the proportion of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) detections identified by nasal swabbing using agar culture in comparison with multiple body site testing using agar and nutrient broth culture. Patients in the study were adult patients admitted to 36 general specialty wards of 2 large hospitals in Scotland.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)803-808
Number of pages6
JournalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012



  • MRSA
  • hospital infection
  • infection screening

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