Evaluation of routine pretransplantation screening for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in hematopoietic cell transplant recipients

Am J Infect Control. 2015 Jan;43(1):89-91. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2014.10.010.


Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) screening guidelines for hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) recipients are not well defined. Retrospective assessment of standardized pretransplantation MRSA screening in a large single-center cohort of HCT recipients demonstrated that colonization was uncommon, and that no colonized patients developed posttransplantation invasive complications.

Keywords: Bacteria; Bone marrow transplant; Colonization; Infection Prevention.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Carrier State / epidemiology*
  • Carrier State / microbiology*
  • Cohort Studies
  • Female
  • Hematologic Neoplasms / complications*
  • Hematologic Neoplasms / therapy
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus / isolation & purification*
  • Middle Aged
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Staphylococcal Infections / epidemiology*
  • Staphylococcal Infections / microbiology*
  • Staphylococcal Infections / prevention & control
  • Surgical Wound Infection / epidemiology
  • Surgical Wound Infection / microbiology