Also effective is the use of gowns and gloves and isolation of MRSA-positive patients. Hospitals with multi-bed ICUs have been found to have significantly higher incidences of infection, than those with single-bed ICUs, say researchers at McGill University. Hospitals that convert multi-bed units to single-bed private rooms with their own sinks—slashed hospital-acquired infection rates—including MRSA—by half.
The news about MRSA is improving, albeit slowly. University of Rochester Medical Center orthopedic scientists announced this week that they are a step closer to reducing the risk of the deadly bug.
The team discovered an antibody that can stop MRSA bacteria from growing in mice and in cell cultures. It's a long way off from zapping the bacteria on a person's skin, but it's a step in the right direction.
"A vaccine in humans would probably not be a foolproof approach to preventing infection 100%of the time," team leader Edward M. Schwarz, PhD, said in a statement. "However, even if we could reduce the risk of MRSA by 35%, that would be an enormous improvement in the field."
So until a MRSA vaccine is at hand, basic methods of transmission prevention are key. They can and should be reinforced in ambulatory centers, community health clinics, acute care facilities, doctors' offices, and teaching hospitals alike. MRSA is indiscriminate, so healthcare providers must redouble their efforts to stop it cold.