Hospitals look to nursing homes to help stop drug-resistant infections

(Communiqué Kaiser Family Foundation). Hospitals and nursing homes in California and Illinois are testing a surprisingly simple strategy to stop the dangerous, antibiotic-resistant superbugs that kill thousands of people each year: washing patients with a special soap. The efforts — funded with roughly $8 million from the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — are taking place at 50 facilities in those two states. This novel collaboration recognizes that superbugs don’t remain isolated in one hospital or nursing home but move quickly through a community, said Dr. John Jernigan, who directs the CDC’s office on health care-acquired infection research. «No health care facility is an island, Jernigan says we all are in this complicated network

[…] As part of the CDC effort, doctors and health care workers in Chicago and Southern California are using the antimicrobial soap chlorhexidine, which has been shown to reduce infections when patients bathe with it. After 18 months, researchers saw a 25 percent decline in drug-resistant organisms in nursing home residents, 34 percent in patients of long-term acute care hospitals and 9 percent in traditional hospital patients.

Lire le premier travail publié : Decolonization to Reduce Postdischarge Infection Risk among MRSA Carriers. Huang SS et al. N Engl J Med. 2019 Feb 14;380(7):638-650.