MRSA: to disclose or not to disclose?

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 15 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:368
  1. Aran Singanayagam, foundation year 2 doctor, department of general medicine, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (

    During my first foundation programme appointment as a new doctor, I was called by the nurses to speak to a relatively young patient who had spent a considerable time on the ward. The patient was clinically well and progressing with physiotherapy, but a recent superficial nose swab had cultured methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). As a result, the patient had been promptly isolated to a side room, and the nurses now wanted a doctor to explain the swab result. They …

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