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Soap, ointment for all ICU patients best for fighting MRSA: study
Modern Healthcare

Using ointment and germ-killing soap on all intensive-care unit patients proved more effective than screening patients in reducing bloodstream infections and lowering the presence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, according to a study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. In the large study, a team of researchers from the University of California, Irvine, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Care Institute, HCA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examined the results of three MRSA-prevention practices, including routine care that involves detecting MRSA and isolating it; providing the ointment called intranasal mupirocin and cholorhexidine, a germ-killing soap, to those patients with MRSA; and providing the ointment and soap to all patients in the ICU.