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The World inMedicine
February 16, 2005

MRSA in the ICU

JAMA. 2005;293(7):790. doi:10.1001/jama.293.7.790-b

Isolating patients in intensive care units (ICUs) who are positive for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in single rooms or cohorts does not reduce cross-infection, even when coupled with standard precautionary measures, researchers from the United Kingdom concluded (Cepeda et al. Lancet. 2005;365:295-304). These findings and the potential risks associated with moving and isolating critically ill patients suggest that a reevaluation of hospital isolation policies and the development of additional preventive measures are necessary, according to the study’s authors.

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