Don't Suggest MRSA Decolonization for Most Outpatients

We're getting questions about topical mupirocin for nasal decolonization of methicillin-resistant Staph aureus (MRSA).

Some people are "colonized" with MRSA...and have the bacteria in their nostrils, but are NOT sick with an infection.

The practice of decolonizing patients for MRSA started with open heart and orthopedic surgery...to reduce risk of surgical site infections.

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