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MRSA screening doubts raised

12th March 2008

The effectiveness of MRSA screening – currently being phased in across hospitals in England by the government as part of plans to control superbug infections - has been thrown into question.

A study at Geneva University and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests screening has little effect. Researchers compared rates for 22,000 surgical patients, some screened and some not, and found little difference between the numbers getting the superbug. Lead researcher Stephan Harbarth said the trial did not show any added benefit for widespread rapid screening on admission.

 

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Article Information

Title: MRSA screening doubts raised
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 5956
Date Added: 12th Mar 2008

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