It is no secret that staph infections are a problem. And in hospital ICUs, about three-quarters of staph infections are methicillin-resistant. So reduction of staph infections is extremely important. Science Daily and the excellent DC Medical Malpractice & Patient Safety blog have written about an important study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that showed a drastic reduction in staph infections was achieved with two simple actions:
- Use of antibacterial soap
- Use of antibiotic ointments for all ICU patients
The study showed that infections were drastically reduced by use of these simple methods. This is very important, especially for older immuno-compromised folks in the hospital.