Impact of MRSA on the Military Medical Service and Diagnostic Point-of-Care Options for the Field Setting.

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Impact of MRSA on the Military Medical Service and Diagnostic Point-of-Care Options for the Field Setting.

Eur J Microbiol Immunol (Bp). 2018 Jun 25;8(2):31-33

Authors: Frickmann H

Abstract
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) poses an infection risk for international military deployments. In the presented mini-review, the history of MRSA in the medical service and modern warfare is highlighted. To allow rapid diagnosis, various molecular diagnostic point-of-care solutions are available. Most evaluation studies, however, are focused on screening swabs rather than clinical materials and evaluation data from harsh environments are widely lacking. Accordingly, studies with complex sample materials under difficult environmental conditions, e.g., in the desert or in the tropics, are desirable to close this gap of knowledge regarding the diagnostic reliability of such modern molecular point-of-care devices.

PMID: 29997908 [PubMed]