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Commentary on: Liang SY, Jansson DR, Hogan PG, et al. Emergency department environmental contamination with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus after care of colonized patients. Ann Emerg Med 2019;4:31578–6.
Implications for practice and research
Appropriate environmental surface decontamination practice and use of personal protective equipment are essential to reduce transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in emergency department care settings.
Further investigations are required to explore improved environmental disinfection techniques and MRSA decolonisation strategies in order to address MRSA surface contamination when treating MRSA-infected patients.
Patients colonised or infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) shed bacteria and contaminate environmental surfaces during their hospital stay, and create risks for transmission of MRSA to healthcare professionals and other patients.1 2 Existing literature demonstrates that the prevalence of MRSA contamination in the hospital environment has ranged from 0.6% to …
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