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Should we routinely use mupirocin to prevent staphylococcal infections?


Routine use of mupirocin to prevent staphylococcal infections is controversial. We assessed attitudes and practices of healthcare professionals attending the Fourth Decennial International Conference on Nosocomial and Healthcare-Associated Infections regarding mupirocin prophylaxis. Eighty percent of participants did not use mupirocin routinely. At the end of the session, 58% indicated they would consider increased use of mupirocin.

Roth VR, Murphy C, Perl TM, DeMaria A, Sohn AH, Sinkowitz-Cochran RL, Jarvis WR

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2000 Nov;21(11):745-9

PMID: 11089665