Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: risk assessment and infection control policies

Evelina Tacconelli

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The endemic state of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) occurs through a constant influx of MRSA into the healthcare setting from newly admitted MRSA-positive patients, followed by cross-transmission among inpatients and an efflux of MRSA from the hospital with discharged patients. To date, most MRSA prevention strategies have targeted cross-transmission among hospitalised patients. Intensive concerted interventions that include isolation can reduce the MRSA incidence substantially. However, debate continues about the cost-effectiveness of infection control policies, including screening protocols, to control the influx of MRSA into hospitals. The rationale and cost-effectiveness of wide screening, as compared to targeted screening, should be further studied using appropriate statistical approaches and economic modelling.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-410
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Microbiology and Infection
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Infection control
  • MRSA
  • methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
  • screening policies


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