Infections in u.s. hospitals kill tens of thousands of people each year, and many institutions fight back by screening new patients to see if they carry a dangerous germ, and isolating those who do. but a big study suggests a far more effective approach: decontaminating every patient in intensive care. washing everyone with antiseptic wipes and giving them antibiotic nose ointment reduced bloodstream infections dramatically in the study at more than 40 u.s. hospitals.
updated: 5/30/2013 7:36 AM
Decontaminating patients cuts hospital infections
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