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Editor's Correspondence
June 27, 2005

Comments on a Comprehensive Strategy to Prevent Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infections—Reply

Arch Intern Med. 2005;165(12):1438. doi:10.1001/archinte.165.12.1438-a

In reply

We read with interest the comments from Dias and colleagues. As described in our article, we prospectively included all admitted patients during a 5-year period (1998-2002).1 An infection control program was introduced 1 year after the beginning of the study to evaluate the effect of a comprehensive intervention on the annual incidence of MRSA recovered from any body site during hospital stay. As part of the control program, MRSA carriers were decolonized and examined during subsequent follow-up visits to determine the success rate of the decolonization procedure, the ongoing part of the study. Thus, no historical controls were used, and the study has the characteristics of a prospective cohort study.2

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