I had a patient last night. She had MRSA back in 2002. Had no open wounds of any kind, except her fresh incision. The nurses on the previous shift put her in isolation when she came back from surgery because she had not had 3 recent negative swabs for MRSA. There was no mention of MRSA in the doctor's history. After gowning and gloving every 20 minutes for several hours, I finally called the nursing supervisor to discuss the situation. She said it was rediculous to isolate the patient for something that happened 7 years ago so I took her out of isolation and her care was greatly streamlined. Being a weekend, the infectious disease nurse wasn't available. Anyone have experience with this... is it really warranted to isolation a patient for something that happened years ago?