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Good News: MRSA Infections Drop at Hospitals with Cleaniness Program

It is easy to get swept up in the reality of patient safety statistics which show that hundreds of thousands of patients continue to suffer preventable injury every year as a result of medical mistakes But focusing solely on the significant work still ahead can result in missing out on certain area where progress has been made or is being made. Even though our lawyers work with those harmed by negligent medical care, we are not oblivious to steps taken by some medical providers and facilities to cut back on certain problems.

For example, recently Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center shared encouraging news about a new research effort which found a decrease in the number of MRSA bloodstream infections when certain very basic cleanliness practices were followed. The story explains how a new research effort analyzing 75,000 patients found that two simple steps could decrease the developments of various infections, including the often-deadly MRSA, by 44% What were those two steps? Clensing intensive care patient skins every day with antiseptic wipes and applying an antimicrobal ointment to their nose. Thats it. The research, revelaed for the first time at a recent conference in San Diego (IDWeek), offers a great step forward that can be adopted by facilities across to country to limit infection and save lives.

As we often explain, there are simple safety and cleanliness steps that can be taken by all healthcare professionals which often means the difference between significant preventable injuries and far lower preventable injury tallys.

Interestingly, this cleaning and ointment application method was one of the simplest approaches to tackling the infection problems that researchers took. For example, one invovled party reported that, “This approach proved to be more effective than screening intensive care unit patients for the bacteria and then focusing on those identified as carriers.” At the end of the day, the goal is to keep as many patients as possible from developing preventable complications. Sometimes the most straightforward option accomplishes that goal better than more sophisticated efforts. Style points don’t really matter when it comes to these health issue–whatever works best must be pursued.

MRSA is likely a term that many community members have heard, because so many have been affected by the deadly bacteria. The pathogen is antibiotic-resistent, which makes it difficult for medical professionals to attack it once it affects a patient. The story notes that for most people, the bacteria poses no harm and resides on the skin, often near the nose. However, for those with a weakened immune system and inherent vulnerabilities–like ICU patients–the development of the infection can prove fatal. For this reason, medical community members have engaged in a long battle with MRSA, and many different proposals have been brought forth to determine what practices can be engaged in by medical teams to keep their patients safe. Hopefully, this latest effort will spur all medical facilities–inlcuding those in Chicago and throughout Illinois–to incorproate this basic best practices to keep more local residents safe.

If you or someone you know may have been hurt as a result of MRSA that you feel could have been prevented had proper care been provided, please take a moment to contact our legal office to see how we can help.

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