MRSA down in ICUs

A study on 74,000 patients in 74 US intensive care units found that using antibacterial soaps and ointment on all intensive care patients can reduce infection with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

The patients either received routine care, the germ-killing soap and ointment to all patients, or giving the soap and ointment treatment just to patients who tested positive for MRSA.

Treating everyone worked significantly better, preventing one MRSA infection for every 54 patients. Given the high-risk population in most ICUs, the strategy makes sense, the authors note.