Text and Data Mining valid from 2018-09-27
Received: 2 March 2018
Accepted: 21 September 2018
First Online: 27 September 2018
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: Written informed consent was not obtained from staff members and approval by the Trust ethics committee was not considered necessary since this was an outbreak investigation and not a research study involving human participants. A letter was sent to all involved healthcare staff and asked to be screened for MRSA carriage. The letter gave assurance that the screen would be done with the utmost regard for confidentiality and aims to maintain the safety of patients and staff. The Occupation Health team carried out the screening and decolonisation treatment in accordance with appropriate NHS Trust protocols and consultant microbiologist advice.
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: Both authors are employees of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (Norfolk, UK) based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn (Norfolk, UK). Both authors are appointed in an honorary capacity as a consultant Microbiologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Trust.
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