Earlier this year I told you about a study to test a new approach in the fight against MRSA. The study, REDUCE MRSA, was conducted at 43 HCA-affiliated hospitals involving nearly 75,000 ICU patients over 18 months. It concluded that using antimicrobial soap and a nasal ointment on adult intensive care unit patients reduces bloodstream infections, including MRSA, by 44 percent. These results convinced HCA to begin implementing this protocol, called universal decolonization, in its adult hospital intensive care units in 2013.
Today, I’m thrilled to share the news that the results of this study have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. I’m also excited that our REDUCE MRSA study is just the beginning. Take a look at my video below to find out what we’re doing next in the fight against MRSA.