Easy steps limit antibiotic-resistant infections in hospitals

Bathing patients and other precautions prevent deadly staph from spreading, study finds

By Nathan Seppa, 16:30 PM May 30, 2013

A low-tech approach that deters antibiotic-resistant bacteria from infesting hospital patients appears to prevent infection better than screening them for the troublesome microbes and isolating those patients, scientists report May 29 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

In many hospitals, current practice calls for screening patients as they are admitted to an intensive care unit by testing nasal swabs for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, a common, dangerous infect...

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