Chlorhexidine versus routine bathing to prevent multidrug-resistant organisms and all-cause bloodstream infections in general medical and surgical units (ABATE Infection trial): a cluster-randomised trial
This research article concludes that Decolonisation with universal chlorhexidine bathing and targeted mupirocin for MRSA carriers did not significantly reduce multidrug-resistant organisms in non-critical-care patients. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blue light could treat superbug infections
(Purdue University) Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a bacterium that causes infection in various parts of the body, is often called a 'superbug' thanks to its ability to dodge many common antibiotics. Rather than rolling the dice with a multi-drug combination or wasting precious time trying to determine which medicine to prescribe, doctors could soon use a new method for disarming the superbugs: light therapy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 2, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Fish slime: An untapped source of potential new antibiotics
(American Chemical Society) As current antibiotics dwindle in effectiveness against multidrug-resistant pathogens, researchers are seeking potential replacements in some unlikely places. Now a team has identified bacteria with promising antibiotic activity against known pathogens -- even dangerous organisms, such as the microbe that causes MRSA infections -- in the protective mucus that coats young fish. The researchers will present their results today at the American Chemical Society Spring 2019 National Meeting& Exposition. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 31, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Emergency Department Environmental Contamination With Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus After Care of Colonized Patients
This research article investigates the effect of patients with a history of MRSA colonization or infection on subsequent MRSA contamination of the ED environment. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - March 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trends in S. aureus Infections in US VA Medical Centers Trends in S. aureus Infections in US VA Medical Centers
By 2007, all Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers had implemented a multifaceted methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus prevention program. How well has it performed?Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

Trends in MRSA and MSSA Bloodstream Infections Trends in MRSA and MSSA Bloodstream Infections
This report details recent trends in both MRSA and methicillin-susceptible S. aureus infections in both the community and healthcare setting.Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - March 25, 2019 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Public Health & Prevention Journal Article Source Type: news

Active Bathing in Non-ICU Setting Does Not Cut Infections
WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 -- Daily bathing with chlorhexidine plus nasal mupirocin in carriers for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) does not cut rates of hospital-acquired bacterial infections overall in non-critical care units,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 13, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Vital Signs: Trends in Staphylococcus aureus Infections in Veterans Affairs Medical Centers - United States, 2005-2017
Staphylococcus aureus is among the most common causes of health care-associated infections and accounts for significant morbidity and mortality. Beginning in 2005, in response to high rates of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) infections, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) piloted an MRSA prevention program in 18 VA medical centers (VAMCs). (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - March 7, 2019 Category: American Health Tags: MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Staphylococcus aureus (Staph) Veterans Health Source Type: news

Vital Signs: Epidemiology and Recent Trends in Methicillin-Resistant and in Methicillin-Susceptible Staphylococcus aureus Bloodstream Infections --- United States
Staphylococcus aureus is a major cause of community- and health care-associated infections, ranging from superficial skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI) to invasive infections, sepsis, and death. Methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) has long been recognized as a pathogen associated with health care settings; however, in the 1990s, community-associated MRSA infections, causing mostly SSTI, emerged in the United States. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - March 7, 2019 Category: American Health Tags: Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Source Type: news

Hospital-Onset MRSA Decreased From 2002 to 2015
WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 -- Staphylococcus aureus infections are still a concern in the United States, despite a decline seen in hospital-onset methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) infections since 2005, according to two reports published in the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 6, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Results of trial to stem hospital-acquired bacterial infections published
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) A trial evaluated whether daily bathing with the antiseptic soap chlorhexidine (CHG) -- and in those patients with MRSA, adding the nasal antibiotic mupirocin -- more effectively reduced hospital-acquired bacterial infections than bathing with ordinary soap and water. The researchers found that one subset of patients -- those with medical devices -- experienced a substantial benefit if they received the CHG/mupirocin intervention. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 5, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Medical News Today: 'Antibacterial' chemical in toothpaste could strengthen bacteria
New research finds that triclosan, a compound that is in many consumer products, could make the bacteria it is supposed to kill stronger. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: MRSA / Drug Resistance Source Type: news

Postdischarge Decolonization Plan Lowers MRSA Risk (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- At-home protocol involved chlorhexidine mouthwash, chlorhexidine baths or showers, and nasal mupirocin (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - February 20, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

This Protocol May Reduce MRSA Infections After Discharge From The Hospital
New research finds that patients diagnosed with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in the hospital may prevent future MRSA infections by adhering to a standard bathing protocol at home after discharge. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 18, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robert Glatter, MD, Contributor Source Type: news

MRSA Decolonization; Perinatal Depression: It's PodMed Double T! (with audio)
(MedPage Today) -- This week ' s topics also include active surveillance for prostate cancer and reducing opioid use after hip surgery (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - February 16, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news