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Washington University Study Combats Deadly Infection Rate

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A new Washington University School of Medicine study finds a simple way to cut the deadly infection rate in some of the sickest hospital patients.

Washington University infectious diseases specialist Dr. Hillary Babcock says they tried three different approaches and found bathing intensive-care unit patients daily with an anti-microbial soap and applying anti-biotic ointment in the nose worked the best at preventing deadly bloodstream infections.

“They found that just taking every patient who came into the ICU and cleaning their body with this special soap and putting this special anti-bacterial ointment in their nose had the best effect on decreasing their risk for several different kinds of hospital acquired infections,” Babcock says.

The study saw a 44 percent drop in infections, including the drug resistant bacteria Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, or MRSA.

Washington University and the Barnes Jewish Hospital were already practicing this special form of bathing in all of their ICUs and are currently looking into expanding this method into the other BJC Healthcare facilities, according to Babcock.

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