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Copper Destroys MRSA in Touch Contamination

2016 23 Feb

New research from the University of Southampton shows that copper can destroy MRSA spread by touching and fingertip contamination of surfaces, setting it apart from other antimicrobial surfaces and shedding new light on how it works. Frequently-touched surfaces in busy areas – such as hospitals – are at high risk of community-acquired and healthcare-associated... Read more

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Study: Chlorhexidine Baths Did Not Increase Resistant MRSA

2016 08 Feb

Chlorhexidine baths in the ICU do not cause high levels of resistance in bacteria on patients’ skin, according to a study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.The retrospective cohort study of patients admitted to the Barnes-Jewish Hospital ICU in St. Louis, Missouri from 2005 through 2012 included more than 500 randomly selected isolates... Read more

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New Antibiotics Group Shows Promise Against Staph, MRSA

2015 15 Sep

Virginia Tech researchers say a new group of antibiotics shows potential in fighting the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus (staph) and the antibiotic-resistant strains commonly known as MRSA. The discovery, published in Medicinal Chemistry Communications, shows that the new antibiotics are unlike contemporary antibiotics because they contain iridium, a... Read more

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An Innovative Way to Detect Infectious Disease, Superbugs

2015 10 Jul

Researchers at McMaster University have developed a new diagnostic test designed to help clinicians detect infectious diseases such as hepatitis C and deadly superbugs (eg, MRSA and C. difficile) more easily and quickly. They say the new method does not require complicated equipment so tests can be run at room temperature under ordinary conditions.... Read more

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Bundled Intervention Reduces Surgical Site Infections

2015 03 Jun

A multicentre study published in JAMA shows that implementation of a multifaceted intervention can be effective in reducing surgical site infections (SSIs) caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria.  Twenty hospitals in nine U.S. states participated in this study. Loreen A. Herwaldt, MD, of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City,... Read more

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High Rates of MRSA Transmission in Nursing Homes

2015 01 Jun

According to a new study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, healthcare workers often contaminate their gloves and gowns during every day care of nursing home residents with drug resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA. Mary-Claire Roghmann, MD, lead author of the study explains that healthcare workers are a major vector for MRSA... Read more

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UV Light Robot Can Help Stop Spread of Superbugs in Hospital Rooms

2015 20 Apr

According to a new research from the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, a robot can clean a hospital room just as well as a person. The study has been published in the American Journal of Infection Control. The research led by Chetan Jinadatha, M.D, M.P.H, assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Medicine and chief of infectious... Read more

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Cost of Nosocomial Infections in the ICU

2015 13 Feb

Infections due to multidrug resistant gram negative bacilli (RGNB) in critically ill patients have been reported to be associated with increased morbidity and healthcare costs. A recent study conducted by researchers in Singapore has highlighted the heavy economic burden of RGNB infections to both the patient and hospital. "Nosocomial acquired RGNB... Read more

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Study: Protocol Increases Appropriate Antibiotic Use

2015 19 Jan

According to a retrospective study, an antibiotic protocol that determined antibiotic use based on risk for health care-associated infections significantly increased appropriate prescription of antibiotics in a paediatric ICU. The study has been published online in Annals of the American Thoracic Society.  Researchers evaluated patients with an infection-related... Read more

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New Software Predicts Superbugs' Countermoves to New Drugs

2015 05 Jan

In the fight against drug-resistant bacteria, new drugs are urgently needed, but so are ways to maximise the effective lifespan of these drugs. Researchers at Duke University in the U.S. have developed open-source software that can predict a constantly-evolving infectious bacterium's counter-moves to a new drug before the drug is tested on patients. The... Read more

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