Use Appropriate MRSA Decolonization Strategies

We're getting questions about screening and decolonization for methicillin-resistant Staph aureus (MRSA) in hospitalized patients.

Carrying MRSA in the nose may lead to an increased risk of MRSA infection...or spreading MRSA to other patients during hospitalization.

"Targeted" decolonization uses nasal swabbing to screen for MRSA...and those who test positive receive mupirocin (Bactroban, Centany) intranasally BID for 5 days. A "universal" approach eliminates the swabbing...and all patients are automatically decolonized.

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