Routine antiseptic baths and MRSA decolonization: diverse approaches across Singapore’s acute-care hospitals

J Hosp Infect. 2021 Apr 1:S0195-6701(21)00146-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2021.03.025. Online ahead of print.


To determine the variation in practices on meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) surveillance and management of MRSA-colonized patients amongst 17 acute healthcare facilities in Singapore, the Ministry of Health convened a sharing session with Infection Prevention and Control Leads. All hospitals practised close to universal MRSA entry swabbing in keeping with national policy. There were, however, major variations in the response to both positive and negative surveillance swabs across facilities including the role of routine antiseptic bathing and MRSA decolonization. Most undertaking decolonization considered its role to be in 'bioburden reduction' rather than longer-term clearance.

PMID:33812940 | DOI:10.1016/j.jhin.2021.03.025