Guidance on Staphylococcus aureus disease prevention in neonatal intensive care units, a white paper from SHEA

Reviewed by Valeria Fabre, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

The SHEA White Paper on practical approaches to Staphylococcus aureus disease prevention for neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) patients in an excellent resource to guide hospitals and healthcare providers involved in decisions around MRSA infection prevention measures. The document includes recommendations for the following questions: 1) Need of personal protective equipment for visitors of patients with MRSA, 2) Appropriate contact precautions and approach to skin-to-skin bonding and breastfeeding for neonates born to MRSA colonized/infected parents, 3) Approach for multiple gestation with discordant MRSA status, 4) Duration of contact precautions, 5) Approach to active surveillance, 6) Approach to decolonization, 7) Approach to preemptive contact precautions for patients being screened for MRSA on admission.


Akinboyo IC, et al. (2020). SHEA neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) white paper series: Practical approaches to Staphylococcus aureus disease prevention. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 

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