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Soap, Swabs Slash Infection Rates by 44%
Health Leaders Media

A study conducted at 43 HCA-affiliated community hospitals saw bloodstream infections, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), drop by 44% when all ICU patients were subjected to daily “universal decolonization” using antimicrobial soap and nasal swabs.

“The magnitude of this trial is such that it will create a standard of care for most ICUs in the U.S.,” study coauthor Ed Septimus, MD, told HealthLeaders Media. “Obviously once this study results are well known we do expect a rapid adoption across most hospitals in the United States.”

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