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Decontaminating patients cuts hospital infections

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  • Plates of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) in CDC's healthcare-associated infections laboratory.

      Plates of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) in CDC's healthcare-associated infections laboratory.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

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.

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