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Table 2 MRSA screening practices for preoperative cataract surgery patients in English units in 2004 and 2007

From: Survey of policy for MRSA screening in English cataract surgical units and changes to practice after updated National guidelines

  2004 2007
  Total % Total %
Response     
 Yes 74 56 71 96
 No 133 44 3 4
Screen for MRSA     
 Yes 42 57 47 66
 No 32 43 24 34
Groups screened for MRSA     
 Nursing/Residential Home* 9 21 24 51
 Recent Hospital Admissions* 5 12 17 36
 Previously MRSA + ve 39 93 38 81
 Overnight Stay 4 10 4 9
 From Hospitals abroad 5 12 6 13
 Other Hospitals 8 19 8 17
 Wounds/Indwelling catheters 9 21 14 30
 Close relatives of MRSA carriers 0 0 3 6
 Diabetics 0 0 1 2
Sample Sites for Swab     
 Don’t Know 1 2.5 2 4
 GP informed 2 5 1 2
 Nose 39 100 43 98
 Eye 12 31 8 18
 Throat 15 38 18 41
 Axilla 11 28 12 27
 Groin/Perineum 24 62 23 52
 Wounds/Catheters 9 23 14 32
 1 site 6 15 5 11
 More than 1 site 33 85 39 89
Treatment Responsibility     
 Don’t Treat- Placed Last on List 6 14 0 0
 GP* 31 74 42 93
 Infection Control 5 12 6 13
 Eye Nurse 3 7 4 9
 Combination 6 14 7 16
Case of MRSA endophthalmitis 4/74   2/71  
  1. Survey in 2007 was repeated with initial responders only.
  2. *Indicates that there was a significant difference between the paired responses in 2004 vs 2007 (Mc Nemar test).