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J Clin Outcomes Manage 
2006 Jun;13(6):333-341
Infection control strategies for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin-resistant enterococcus: what is the evidence?
Washer LL, Chenoweth CE

Abstract Objective: To describe the evidence supporting infection control strategies for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) in acute care hospitals. Methods: Review of current guidelines and literature on control of MRSA and VRE. Results: Contact precautions have been recommended to reduce transmission of MRSA and VRE. Active surveillance for colonized patients along with contact precautions have been effective at decreasing rates of MRSA and VRE in some settings. However, well-designed studies supporting the use of individual strategies alone have not been performed. Conclusion: More studies are needed to clarify the efficacy of interventions for preventing spread of MRSA and VRE in hospitals

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