Focusing on decontamination of all patients in a hospital who may be at risk of suffering a hospital-acquired infection, and not just those who test positive for the MRSA superbug may help bring down overall hospital-acquired infections rates and MRSA infection rates within the facility.
That interesting new revelation came via a study published recently by the New England Journal of Medicine, and flies in the face of current recommendations by the US Centers For Disease Control And Prevention. The federal recommendations focus on testing of all incoming patients for MRSA and isolating the ones who have been contaminated by the superbug.
The research was based on a study of 74,250 patients. According to the researchers, patients in an ICU are already at a much higher risk of infection, and therefore, it makes sense to give everybody the anti-infection treatment, and not just those who have been detected with the MRSA superbug. The use of antibacterial soap and other measures to treat all patients in an intensive care unit, and not just those who test positive can help reduce MRSA infections.