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August 6, 2008

Universal Screening for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus by Hospitals

JAMA. 2008;300(5):503-506. doi:10.1001/jama.300.5.503-b

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