Study: MRSA Screening Lacks Evidence

While screening for methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus may be the method of choice for some hospitals, the efficacy of the practice remains in question, according to a study in the American Journal of Infection Control.

Researchers searched the literature for studies on universal screening for MRSA prevention. While they were able to identify many studies testing the procedure, poor study design and heterogeneous data made performing a meta-analysis of various studies' findings impossible.

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This lead the scientists to conclude MRSA screening data is currently insufficient to determine the effectiveness of universal screening in reducing rates of MRSA infection in hospitals.

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