Welcome to the web page for the MRSA Screening Programme.
The vision of the programme is to make changes to hospital meticillin-resistant
Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) screening practices to enable the control
and management of MRSA in the hospital sector to minimise or prevent healthcare
associated MRSA infections. This will reduce the negative impact on patients and
additional burden on healthcare resources.
HPS have published a suite of reports which contain the results of several studies
into MRSA screening within NHSScotland.
Based on the findings of these reports the Scottish Government have announced new
minimum standards for MRSA screening within Scottish hospitals. Details of this
announcement can be found at:
This revised MRSA screening practice is being implemented throughout NHS Boards
in Scotland during 2011/2012, with delivery due to be completed by end March 2012.
Further information broken down by target audience is a follows:
For the Public
an overview of the MRSA programme,
patient information materials (leaflets, poster and film).
For Health Professionals
This page includes:
further information for the health professional,
an implementation protocol,
details of the revised policy.
Pathfinder Implementation Study
The full suite of MRSA Screening Pathfinder Programme Reports can be viewed below:
Final Report Executive Summary (284 KB )
Final Report Volume 1: An Investigation of the Clinical Effectiveness of Universal
MRSA Screening (1.91 MB )
Final Report Volume 2: An Assessment of the Economics, Implementation and Modelling
of Universal MRSA Screening (1.16 MB )
- Final Report Volume 3: Currie, K., Knussen, C., Price, L., Brown, M., Hamilton, P. & Organ, C. (2009) A mixed methods study of the acceptability of MRSA screening in NHS Scotland Pathfinder Boards from the perspective of patients, visitors, the wider community & NHS staff. Glasgow Caledonian University. ISBN 978-1-873772-34-8. (1.46 MB )
Final Report Volume 4: To Evaluate the Feasibility and Potential for Rollout of
the MRSA Screening Programme (1.06 MB )
Research studies on MRSA in hospitals
Information gathered since the completion of the Pathfinder Implementation Study
Recommendation from the Programme Board for future policy