Robert W. Haley, MD
As the resident walked out of the fevered patient's room past the yellow "MRSA Precautions" sign, an infectious disease physician asked him why he had not washed his hands. The resident replied, "Oh, it's only 'mersah' and it's ail over the hospital. Why fight it? And anyway, it's only a saprophyte; it doesn't really hurt anyone. It's like pen-resistance; we just have to live with it." The reply was understandable because the resident had watched his mentors increasingly disregard, even remove, the isolation signs for months and had noticed no increase in the number of cases of sepsis with methicillin-resistant
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Haley RW. Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus: Do We Just Have To Live with It?. Ann Intern Med. 1991;114:162-164. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-114-2-162
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;114(2):162-164.
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