Should healthcare workers be screened routinely for meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus? A review of the evidence

G. Hawkins, S. Stewart, O. Blatchford, Jacqui Reilly

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Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is considered endemic in the UK National Health Service (NHS), and routine MRSA screening of hospital inpatients has recently been introduced in both Scotland and England. The UK National Screening Committee states that public pressure for widening the eligibility criteria of a proposed screening programme should be anticipated and any related decisions scientifically justifiable. A literature review was conducted to examine whether MRSA screening in Scotland should be expanded to include the routine screening of healthcare workers (HCWs). There are no published prevalence studies reporting the overall MRSA carriage rate in HCWs in NHS hospitals. Estimates of HCW carriage from the worldwide literature vary widely depending on the country, hospital specialty and setting (endemic, non-endemic or outbreak).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-289
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2011



  • hospital infections
  • infection screening
  • MRSA
  • healthcare workers

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