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Improving surveillance of MRSA bacteraemia

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 10 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1143

Scottish data prompt query of significance of MRSA isolated from blood in acute admissions

  1. Barry Neish (, trainee clinical scientist,
  2. Thomas Gillespie, consultant microbiologist,
  3. Kenneth G Liddell, consultant microbiologist
  1. Wishaw General Hospital, Wishaw ML2 0DP
  2. Wishaw General Hospital, Wishaw ML2 0DP

    EDITOR—Wyllie et al recommend that on admission, accounting for 24% of all MRSA bacteraemias, require immediate consideration for vancomycin treatment.1

    We investigated all positive blood cultures taken in acute admissions at this hospital over three years. We used microbiology laboratory results, case notes, notes taken by the infection …

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