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Email intervention drives down superbug rates

Weekly emails from the medical director of infection control to hospital leaders helped a 1,500-bed Florida hospital halt the spread of a superbug, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Infection Control.

Before the email intervention, the hospital reported endemic rates of Acinetobacter baumannii for nearly two decades. Once the director started sending weekly emails, however, transmission rates fell 63 percent, according to L. Silvia Munoz-Price, M.D., of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and colleagues.