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Study disputes need for widespread hospital MRSA testing

Chicago Tribune, March 12, 2008
A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that widespread screening of patients for MRSA in a Swiss hospital did not reduce the number of hospital-acquired infections and wasn't cost effective. The results are sure to fuel an ongoing debate in over how best to control the growing epidemic of MRSA infections. Some experts believe hospitals need to test large numbers of patients and isolate and treat people who prove positive, but other experts argue this approach is inefficient.