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Use of Decolonization to Prevent Staphylococcal Infections in Various Healthcare Settings: Results of an Emerging Infections Network Survey

Sarah Klizas West , MD, Melissa S. Plantenga , BS, Larry J. Strausbaugh , MD and Infectious Diseases Society of America Emerging Infections Network
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 28, No. 9 (September 2007), pp. 1111-1113
DOI: 10.1086/519930
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/519930
Page Count: 3
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Use of Decolonization to Prevent Staphylococcal Infections in Various Healthcare Settings: Results of an Emerging Infections Network Survey
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Abstract

Less than 20% of infectious diseases consultants work in hospitals that routinely employ decolonization therapy for individuals with staphylococcal carriage undergoing elective surgical procedures or for infection control efforts to limit nosocomial transmission of methicillin‐resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). However, infectious diseases consultants frequently encounter patients with recurrent MRSA furunculosis and attempt to decolonize them.

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