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Simple guide to MRSA

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Review - Reviewer's Assessment

1. Short summary / abstract
The guide in the form of a leaflet explains what MRSA is and how it has developed and spread, with an explanation about the ‘other members’ of the staphylococcal family, and ways in which MRSA can cause a wide range of problems including colonisation, infection and bacteraemia.
The leaflet is a useful resource for staff, patients, relatives and the general public.

2. What question is the document addressing?
The guide explains what MRSA is, how it developed and ways in which it can cause infection.

3. Type of study
Factsheet, public leaflet

4. Methods valid & appropriate?

Probably most useful as a public information leaflet.

5. Results / recommendations reliable?
Limited information only but sufficient to explain what MRSA is.

6. Any major problems and biases?
Information limited some pointers towards further reading might be useful.

7. Any other important / relevant studies which confirm or contradict?
1. Duckworth G, Cookson B, Humphrys H, & Heathcock R. Revised methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus infection control guidelines for hospitals. Report of a working party of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, the Hopsital Infection Society, and the Infection control Nurses Association. Journal of hospital infection (1998); 39: 253-290
2. Results of the first three years Department of health mandatory methicillin staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Surveillance system in acute Trusts in England. Department of Health
3. Draft for Consultation July 2005-August 1st 2005. Guidelines for the Control and Prevention of Meticillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Hospitals. For the Joint Working Party of the British Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, The Hospital infection Society and the Infection Control Nurses Association.

8. Keywords
methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus MRSA staphylococcus aureus colonisation infection bacteraemia septicaemia

Reviewer's Details:

Name:Sue Wiseman
Post:Nurse Consultant –Infection Control, DH
(Society / Organisation / Advisory Committee):
Member Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens
Health Protection Adviser Royal College of Nursing P/T
Member Infection Control Nurses Association

*** Note: These are the views of a professional expert rather than an official statement from his or her society, organisation or advisory committee.

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