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Better MRSA Strategy: Treat All ICU Patients
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The relatively rare practice of universally treating all intensive care unit patients as if they were infected, and not screening them for pathogens first, reduces positive bacterial cultures and bloodstream infections dramatically more than screening patients and isolating those who test positive, according to a surprising study published Thursday. “We now have a very large trial with strong evidence that universal decolonization is better, and it would behoove many hospitals to consider moving to that strategy,” says Susan Huang, MD, principal investigator and medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention at the University of California Irvine Health.