Author Contributions: Dr Harbarth had full access to all of the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.
Study concept and design: Harbarth,
Schrenzel, Christenson, Pittet.
Acquisition of data: Harbarth, Fankhauser,
Schrenzel, Christenson, Gervaz, Bandiera-Clerc, Renzi, Vernaz.
Analysis and interpretation of data: Harbarth, Fankhauser, Schrenzel, Sax, Pittet.
Drafting of the manuscript: Harbarth,
Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Harbarth, Fankhauser, Schrenzel, Christenson,
Gervaz, Bandiera-Clerc, Renzi, Vernaz, Sax, Pittet.
Statistical analysis: Harbarth, Fankhauser,
Obtained funding: Harbarth, Schrenzel,
Administrative, technical, or material support: Harbarth, Fankhauser, Schrenzel, Christenson, Gervaz, Bandiera-Clerc,
Renzi, Vernaz, Pittet.
Study supervision: Harbarth.
Financial Disclosures: Dr Harbarth reports that he has received consulting fees from 3M, BioMerieux,
and Roche Diagnostics. Dr Schrenzel reports that he is the developer and patent holder of the rapid MRSA test used in the study. No other disclosures were reported.
Funding/Support: The University of Geneva Hospitals (grants CI 13003 and CI 70897) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (grant 4049-40-106294/1) provided financial support.
Role of the Sponsors: The sponsors had no role in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management,
analysis, and interpretation of the data; or preparation, review,
or approval of the manuscript.
Additional Contributions: We are grateful to the staff of the department of surgery, the microbiology laboratory,
and the infection control unit of the University of Geneva Hospitals for their full help and enthusiastic collaboration. In particular,
we thank the following staff members for their contributions: Americo Agostinho, RN, Louis Bernard, MD, Odile Brulhart, RN, Marie-Noelle Chraiti, RN, Pierre Dayer, MD, Patrice François, PhD, Pierre Hoffmeyer, MD, Claude Klopfenstein, MD, Daniel Lew, MD, Marc Licker,
MD, Philippe Morel, MD, Julien Schwartz, MD, Rosemary Sudan, AB, Manuela Tangomo-Bento, MS, and Ben Vermeulen, MD. None of those acknowledged received any financial compensation for their contributions.