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Which anatomical sites should be sampled for screening of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus carriage by culture or by rapid PCR test?

Senn L, Basset P, Nahimana I, Zanetti G, Blanc DS.

Clin Microbiol Infect. 2012 Feb;18(2):E31-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-0691.2011.03724.x. Epub 2011 Dec 22.


MRSA screening by the Xpert MRSA PCR assay: pooling samples of the nose, throat, and groin increases the sensitivity of detection without increasing the laboratory costs.

Blanc DS, Nahimana I, Zanetti G, Greub G.

Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2013 Apr;32(4):565-8. doi: 10.1007/s10096-012-1775-7. Epub 2012 Nov 10.


Evaluation of molecular assays for rapid detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

Malhotra-Kumar S, Van Heirstraeten L, Lee A, Abrahantes JC, Lammens C, Vanhommerig E, Molenberghs G, Aerts M, Harbarth S, Goossens H; MOSAR WP2 Study Team.

J Clin Microbiol. 2010 Dec;48(12):4598-601. doi: 10.1128/JCM.00004-10. Epub 2010 Oct 13.


Methods for screening for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus carriage.

French GL.

Clin Microbiol Infect. 2009 Dec;15 Suppl 7:10-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-0691.2009.03092.x. Review.


Comparison of the Xpert methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) assay, BD GeneOhm MRSA assay, and culture for detection of nasal and cutaneous groin colonization by MRSA.

Kelley PG, Grabsch EA, Howden BP, Gao W, Grayson ML.

J Clin Microbiol. 2009 Nov;47(11):3769-72. doi: 10.1128/JCM.00303-09. Epub 2009 Aug 26.


Cost-effectiveness of rapid MRSA screening in surgical patients.

Schulz M, Nonnenmacher C, Mutters R.

Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2009 Nov;28(11):1291-6. doi: 10.1007/s10096-009-0778-5. Epub 2009 Aug 10.


MRSA screening: throat swabs are better than nose swabs.

Bignardi GE, Lowes S.

J Hosp Infect. 2009 Apr;71(4):373-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2009.01.003. Epub 2009 Feb 11. No abstract available.


Contribution of two molecular assays as compared to selective culture for MRSA screening in a low MRSA prevalence population.

Nulens E, Descheemaeker P, Deurenberg RH, Stobberingh EE, Gordts B.

Infection. 2010 Apr;38(2):98-101. doi: 10.1007/s15010-009-9117-0. Epub 2010 Feb 27. Erratum in: Infection. 2010 Aug;38(4):345.


Multicenter evaluation of the LightCycler methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) advanced test as a rapid method for detection of MRSA in nasal surveillance swabs.

Peterson LR, Liesenfeld O, Woods CW, Allen SD, Pombo D, Patel PA, Mehta MS, Nicholson B, Fuller D, Onderdonk A.

J Clin Microbiol. 2010 May;48(5):1661-6. doi: 10.1128/JCM.00003-10. Epub 2010 Mar 24.


Characterization of the best anatomical sites in screening for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization.

Bitterman Y, Laor A, Itzhaki S, Weber G.

Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2010 Apr;29(4):391-7. doi: 10.1007/s10096-009-0869-3. Epub 2010 Jan 29.


Rapid detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in screening samples by relative quantification between the mecA gene and the SA442 gene.

Bode LG, van Wunnik P, Vaessen N, Savelkoul PH, Smeets LC.

J Microbiol Methods. 2012 May;89(2):129-32. doi: 10.1016/j.mimet.2012.02.014. Epub 2012 Mar 6.


Validation of the IDI-MRSA system for use on pooled nose, axilla, and groin swabs and single swabs from other screening sites.

Jeyaratnam D, Gottlieb A, Ajoku U, French GL.

Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2008 May;61(1):1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2007.12.004. Epub 2008 Jan 16.


Rapid detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in diverse clinical specimens by the BD GeneOhm MRSA assay and comparison with culture.

Lucke K, Hombach M, Hug M, Pfyffer GE.

J Clin Microbiol. 2010 Mar;48(3):981-4. doi: 10.1128/JCM.01990-09. Epub 2010 Jan 13.


Comparison of chromogenic media to BD GeneOhm methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) PCR for detection of MRSA in nasal swabs.

Bischof LJ, Lapsley L, Fontecchio K, Jacosalem D, Young C, Hankerd R, Newton DW.

J Clin Microbiol. 2009 Jul;47(7):2281-3. doi: 10.1128/JCM.02256-08. Epub 2009 May 13.


Positive predictive value of the Xpert MRSA assay diagnostic for universal patient screening at hospital admission: influence of the local ecology.

Roisin S, Laurent C, Nonhoff C, Deplano A, Hallin M, Byl B, Struelens MJ, Denis O.

Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2012 May;31(5):873-80. doi: 10.1007/s10096-011-1387-7. Epub 2011 Aug 28.


Performance evaluation of a modified chromogenic medium, ChromID MRSA New, for the detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus from clinical specimens.

Van Hoecke F, Deloof N, Claeys G.

Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2011 Dec;30(12):1595-8. doi: 10.1007/s10096-011-1265-3. Epub 2011 Apr 16.


Performance of the BD GeneOhm methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) PCR assay for detecting MRSA nasal colonization in Taiwanese adults.

Chen WT, Wang JT, Lee WS, Huang CH, Liao CH, Chen YC, Chang SC.

J Microbiol Immunol Infect. 2010 Oct;43(5):372-7. doi: 10.1016/S1684-1182(10)60059-X.


Evaluation of the BD GeneOhm assay using the rotor-gene 6000 platform for rapid detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus from pooled screening swabs.

Smith MH, Hodgson J, Eltringham IJ.

J Clin Microbiol. 2010 Dec;48(12):4559-62. doi: 10.1128/JCM.01512-10. Epub 2010 Oct 20.

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