Nasal screening is useful in excluding methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in ventilator-associated pneumonia.
Am J Infect Control. 2014 Sep;42(9):1014-5
Authors: Langsjoen J, Brady C, Obenauf E, Kellie S
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus screening performed for infection control purposes may be useful in guiding decisions regarding the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics in the intensive care unit. A cohort study of adults with ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) found that admission MRSA nasal swabs had a negative predictive value of 94% for later MRSA VAP.
PMID: 25179338 [PubMed - in process]