Report: MRSA screening limited in Washington hospitals

11/17/2008 | Seattle Times, The

Many hospitals in Washington do not routinely screen their patients for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection, according to a Seattle Times investigation, even though the CDC has reported that the bacterium kills at least 18,000 patients annually. The newspaper said that since there are no laws mandating the screenings, Washington hospitals make up their own rules, often resulting in ineffective infection-control policies.

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