Use of decolonization to prevent staphylococcal infections in various healthcare settings: results of an Emerging Infections Network survey

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2007 Sep;28(9):1111-3. doi: 10.1086/519930. Epub 2007 Jul 3.


Less than 20% of infectious diseases consultants work in hospitals that routinely employ decolonization therapy for individuals with staphylococcal carriage undergoing elective surgical procedures or for infection control efforts to limit nosocomial transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). However, infectious diseases consultants frequently encounter patients with recurrent MRSA furunculosis and attempt to decolonize them.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Infective Agents, Local / administration & dosage*
  • Carrier State / drug therapy*
  • Community Networks
  • Cross Infection / prevention & control*
  • Female
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Humans
  • Infection Control / methods
  • Male
  • Methicillin Resistance
  • Staphylococcal Infections / prevention & control*
  • Staphylococcus aureus / drug effects
  • United States


  • Anti-Infective Agents, Local