Robert R. Muder, MD; Marilyn M. Wagener, MPH; Victor L. Yu, MD
To the Editors: In a well-designed study of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in a long-term Veterans Affairs facility, Bradley and colleagues (1) convincingly showed that patient-to-patient transmission occurred at a relatively slow rate, despite the absence of routine cohorting and strict isolation procedures. These results are reassuring to those responsible for infection control in such facilities, and provide further evidence that patients with MRSA should not be denied hospital admission or necessary rehabilitative services.
The authors note relatively few MRSA infections in their patient sample (9 infections among 341 patients). They state that their findings differed from those of our
Muder RR, Wagener MM, Yu VL. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Nursing Homes. Ann Intern Med. ;116:267–268. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-3-267
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(3):267-268.
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