The Scottish Government Health Directorate HAI Task Force is developing a strategy to further reduce MRSA infection in NHSScotland. This includes consideration of the value of MRSA screening.
HPS was asked to lead a pathfinder programme on MRSA screening, the aims of which were:
- To investigate the clinical effectiveness of MRSA screening as an intervention on outcomes (colonisation/infection/bacteraemia rates) in pathfinder boards
- To test the estimates of the NHS QIS HTA economic model assumptions in pathfinder boards
- To determine the acceptability of screening for MRSA in all acute in-patient admissions in pathfinder boards to patients and staff
- To evaluate the feasibility and potential for rollout of the MRSA screening programme in the pathfinder boards
This report presents a summary of the interim results.