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To cut ICU superbugs, disinfect all patients

Bathing all patients daily with a germ-killing soap and swabbing antibiotic ointment in their noses may be the best way to reduce the spread of deadly infections, including MRSA.

In a new study, these measures reduced the bloodstream infections caused by dangerous pathogens, including the drug-resistant bacteria MRSA, by 44 percent.

Hospital intensive care units must be continually on guard to prevent infections because they can spread quickly, putting the sickest patients at the most risk. While vigilant hand-washing among hospital staff is critical, many infections also occur from bacteria in patients’ noses and on their skin.

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