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MRSA control is important to minimise prevalence and clinical impact, and prevent occurrence in MRSA-free areas.
GPs may be asked to screen and decolonise patients if, for example, a patient elects to have surgery outside their area. Hospitals may have local protocols that should be followed. If not, this guidance offers an evidence-based approach. Many hospitals have pre-admission clinics to select and screen patients for MRSA.
Updated October 2009, under review September 2014.