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Letters Screening for MRSA

Targeted MRSA screening can be as effective as universal screening

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 13 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5075
  1. Shona Cairns, senior epidemiologist1,
  2. Simon Packer, healthcare scientist1,
  3. Jacqui Reilly, lead consultant1,
  4. Alistair Leanord, medical adviser on health associated infection (HAI)2
  1. 1Health Protection Scotland, Glasgow G2 6QE, UK
  2. 2Scottish Government, HAI Policy Unit, Edinburgh, UK
  1. shona.cairns{at}

At the time that the practice pointer on meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) screening was written, no evidence on the success of the implementation of clinical risk assessment (CRA) based screening in Scotland was available.1 Recently there has been much debate about whether universal screening should be the preferred method, owing to its perceived ease of implementation and higher compliance than risk based screening.

The evidence …

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