To the Editor: In their cohort study, Dr Harbarth and colleagues1 concluded that “a universal, rapid MRSA admission screening strategy did not reduce nosocomial MRSA infection in a surgical department with endemic MRSA.” Although they cited 2 studies reporting failed control in surgical patients, they did not consider the many epidemiologic studies that have reported success with active detection and isolation, including in surgical patients.2-4
Salgado CD, Vos MC, Farr BM. Universal Screening for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus by Hospitals. JAMA. 2008;300(5):503–506. doi:10.1001/jama.300.5.503-b
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