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Decolonization of patients and health care workers to control nosocomial spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: a simulation study

Tatiana V Gurieva1*, Martin CJ Bootsma12 and Marc JM Bonten13

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1 Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center Utrecht, Heidelberglaan 100, P.O.Box 85500, Utrecht, GA, 3508, The Netherlands

2 Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics, Utrecht University, Budapestlaan 6, P.O.box 80010, Utrecht, CD, 3584, The Netherlands

3 Department of Medical Microbiology, University Medical Center Utrecht. Heidelberglaan 100, P.O.Box 85500, Utrecht, GA, 3508, The Netherlands

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BMC Infectious Diseases 2012, 12:302  doi:10.1186/1471-2334-12-302

Published: 14 November 2012

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Figure S1. The effects of health care worker decolonization on the patient prevalence level of MRSA. Figure S2. The effects of combining patient isolation with 100% efficacious decolonization of health care workers. Figure S3. The effects of the patient isolation efficacy when combined with biannual 100% efficacious decolonization of health care workers. Table S1. Efficacy of patient decolonization needed to be equally effective as decolonization of health care workers.

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