A simple test to identify MRSA in wounds could identify the infection more quickly and prevent it from spreading, according to Edinburgh University researchers.
It involves analysing a swab taken from a wound or sore using a strip with electrical sensors that can detect MRSA.
The scientists hope it could be developed for use outside the laboratory, for example, in a GP practice.
The research was presented last week at an Advances in Biodetection and Biosensors conference.
The test was developed using swabs taken from patients attending a diabetic foot clinic at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.