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The effect of rapid screening for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) on the identification and earlier isolation of MRSA-positive patients.(2010-04)Rapid screening with the Xpert MRSA PCR assay facilitated compliance with screening policies and the earlier isolation of MRSA-positive patients. Discrepant results confirm that PCR testing should be used as a screening tool rather than as a diagnostic tool.