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Comment & Response
February 10, 2015

Contact Precautions for Patients With Multidrug-Resistant Pathogens

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Intensive Care, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • 2Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, England
  • 3Service de réanimation médicale, APHP GH Henri Mondor/ Université Paris Est-Créteil, Creteil, France
JAMA. 2015;313(6):629-630. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.17439

To the Editor In their recent Viewpoint, Dr Morgan and colleagues1 suggested that contact precautions for patients colonized or infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) should be reconsidered until more evidence of their efficacy becomes available, thereby questioning the wisdom of mandatory screening for MRSA. Morgan et al called for “a high-quality quasi-experimental study or cluster-randomized trial comparing the effect of adding contact precautions to the assiduous application of standard precautions on MRSA and VRE infections.”

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