• The effect of rapid screening for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) on the identification and earlier isolation of MRSA-positive patients.

      Creamer, Eilish; Dolan, Anthony; Sherlock, Orla; Thomas, Toney; Walsh, John; Moore, Joan; Smyth, Edmond; O'Neill, Eoghan; Shore, Anna; Sullivan, Derek; et al. (2010-04)
      (1) To determine whether rapid screening with polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays leads to the earlier isolation of patients at risk for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) colonization, (2) to assess compliance with routine MRSA screening protocols, (3) to confirm the diagnostic accuracy of the Xpert MRSA real-time PCR assay (Cepheid) by comparison with culture, and (4) to compare turnaround times for PCR assay results with those for culture results.