MRSA: screening and suppression guidance for primary care

Quick reference guide for primary care.

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This quick reference guide is out of date due to changes in national MRSA screening policy. See Primary care guidance: diagnosing and managing infections.


MRSA screening and suppression: quick reference guide for primary care

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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.

Published 1 October 2009
Last updated 18 September 2014 + show all updates
  1. Updated October 2009, under review September 2014.
  2. First published.