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“Bringing Down the Flag”: Removing the Contact Precautions Label for Non-hospitalized Patients with Prior Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infection or Colonization

  • Paul J. Carson (a1) (a2) (a3), Mallory Danford (a1), Grace Carson (a2) (a3), Christine Hanish (a2), Jody Thompson (a2), Megan Orr (a1), Michael Traynor (a3), Felix Roth (a2) and Dubert Guerrero (a2) (a3)...

Abstract

A policy consensus has not been reached regarding discontinuing contact precautions in patients with a history of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). We found that as many as 72% of outpatients flagged for past MRSA were no longer carriers, and a single nasal PCR test provided a reasonable negative predictive value for removing contact precautions.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2015;00(0): 1–3

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Address correspondence to Paul Carson, MD, FACP, North Dakota State University, P.O. Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050 (paul.carson@ndsu.edu).

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PRIOR PRESENTATION. Study results were presented at the annual American Public Health Association Meeting, November, 2014, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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“Bringing Down the Flag”: Removing the Contact Precautions Label for Non-hospitalized Patients with Prior Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infection or Colonization

  • Paul J. Carson (a1) (a2) (a3), Mallory Danford (a1), Grace Carson (a2) (a3), Christine Hanish (a2), Jody Thompson (a2), Megan Orr (a1), Michael Traynor (a3), Felix Roth (a2) and Dubert Guerrero (a2) (a3)...

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