Occurrence of skin and environmental contamination with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus before results of polymerase chain reaction at hospital admission become available.

@article{Chang2010OccurrenceOS,
  title={Occurrence of skin and environmental contamination with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus before results of polymerase chain reaction at hospital admission become available.},
  author={Shelley Chang and Ajay Sethi and Usha Stiefel and Jennifer L. Cadnum and Curtis J. Donskey},
  journal={Infection control and hospital epidemiology},
  year={2010},
  volume={31 6},
  pages={607-12}
}
BACKGROUND Active surveillance to detect patients colonized with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is increasingly practiced in healthcare settings. However, inpatients may already become sources of transmission before appropriate precautions are implemented. OBJECTIVE To examine the frequency of MRSA contamination of commonly touched skin and environmental surfaces before patient carriage status became known. METHODS We conducted a 6-week prospective study of patients who… CONTINUE READING

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