Patients nursed in the community are more likely to have MRSA than those in the local hospital, say Cambridgeshire researchers.
They followed 162 patients over six months. Half were in the medical assessment unit at a Huntingdonshire hospital, and the other half were taken from the local district nurse patient (DNP) population.
The authors found 21% of the DNP population had MRSA, compared with only 7% of those in the medical assessment unit. 'The DNP population are a significant reservoir for MRSA in the community and policies on screening high-risk patients need to reflect this,' they said.
Journal of Hospital Infection (2007) 66: 369-373