Standard Hygiene May Curb 'superbugs'

RICHMOND, Va., March 30 (UPI) — U.S. researchers suggest standard infection controls like hand washing may effectively curb drug resistant microorganisms known as “superbugs.”

Researchers at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond said paying close attention to hand hygiene, preventing device-related infections and bathing patients with chlorhexidine helped reduce intensive care unit incidence of the superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

Study leader Dr. Michael Edmond observed a 91 percent reduction in MRSA central line associated bloodstream infections, a 62 percent reduction in MRSA catheter-associated urinary tract infections and a 92 percent reduction in MRSA ventilator associated pneumonia. These outcomes were observed in a 16-bed medical intensive care unit, an 18-bed surgical intensive care unit and 14-bed neuroscience intensive care unit, the study said.

Edmond noted these observations were based on data from only one medical center’s intensive care units and other healthcare facilities may have different outcomes.

The findings were presented in Atlanta at the Fifth Decennial International Conference on Healthcare-Associated Infections.

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