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New advice on MRSA screening and decolonisation

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New advice on screening and decolonising patients for MRSA infections has been issued by the chief medical and nursing officers.

New advice on screening and decolonising patients for MRSA infections has been issued by the chief medical and nursing officers.

A letter to all NHS trusts advises them to screen before admission for pre-operative elective patents; to screen upon admission for emergency orthopaedic and trauma patients; and to repeat screening at regular intervals for renal dialysis and intensive care/high dependency patients.

Other high-risk groups - such as those previously MRSA-positive, those admitted from other hospitals or nursing homes and emergency patients - should be screened and decolonised according to local risk assessments, the letter says.

Letter to trusts

Summary of best practice

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