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Title: MRSA screening of nursing home, residents admitted to hospital on the NSW Central Coast
Authors: Friedewald, Mark ;de Wit, D.
Issue Date: Dec-2001
Source: Volume 6, Issue 4, pp. 119 - 121
Journal title: Australian Infection Control
Abstract: Nursing home facilities have been reported as reservoirs for organisms with multiple resistance, the primary one being methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). In view of this, Central Coast public hospitals adopted a policy requiring screening of all nursing home residents for MRSA upon admission to hospital. This prospective cohort study was conducted to assess the need for this routine screening regimen. Admission screening of nursing home residents detected MRSA colonisation in 3 per cent of the final study group (n=100). Residents who were receiving antibiotics at the time of admission or prescribed antibiotics within 48 hours of admission were excluded from the final results. The results influenced a change in policy; nursing home residents are no longer routinely screened on admission.
DOI: 10.1071/HI01119
ISSN: 1329-9360
Publicaton type: Journal Article
Keywords: Infection Control
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