1/29/2013

The implementation of a pre-emptive swab of all admitted patients, also called a search-and-destroy approach to infections, reduced methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus pneumonia cases at the Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, N.C., by 58%. The approach also led to a 79% reduction in cases of MRSA central line-associated bloodstream infections, according to findings presented at the Society of Critical Care Medicine annual meeting. The findings may encourage hospitals to consider more aggressive treatments for MRSA, an expert said.

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