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Screening for MRSA and isolating carriers doesn’t reduce ICU infections

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3581 (Published 04 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3581

A trial randomised 43 US hospitals to one of three strategies for combating infections in intensive care units (ICUs). The first screened for meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and isolated those who screened positive (group 1). The second added decolonisation of MRSA carriers with intranasal mupirocin and chlorhexidine bathing for five days (group 2). The third comprised decolonisation, …

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