Don't Consider MRSA Decolonization for Most Outpatients
About 2% of the general public carry methicillin-resistant Staph aureus (MRSA) in their nose...but most don't need decolonization.
The practice of decolonizing patients for MRSA started with open heart and orthopedic surgery...to reduce risk of surgical site infections.
This has spilled over to the community setting. But there's no good evidence that decolonizing reduces risk of recurrent skin infections in outpatients...and it's not always effective at eradicating MRSA.