Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) News

 
 
  • Drug Combo No Better in MRSA Blood Infections, Ups Risk Adding a beta-lactam to standard therapy for MRSA bacteremia does not improve outcomes and appears to up the risk for kidney injury, data from a randomized controlled trial showed.
  • Nasal and Skin Decolonization Safely Replaces Contact Precautions for MRSA-Colonized Patients Nasal and skin decolonization safely and less expensively replaced contact precautions for patients colonized with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) at one U.S. hospital network, according to a new report.
  • Decolonizing Parents Cuts NICU Staph Transmission Risk Decolonizing the parents of infants in neonatal intensive care units may reduce the risk of the parents transmitting Staphylococcus aureus to the infants.
  • Alert FDA Clears Faster Diagnostic Test for MRSA The cobas vivoDx MRSA test uses a new bacteriophage technology based on bioluminescence to detect MRSA from nasal swab samples in 5 hours or less compared with 24 to 48 hours for conventional cultures.
  • MRSA Spreads Easily in Households Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) can spread easily from people to household pets, according to a new study that underscores the importance of frequent handwashing.
  • Threat of Antibiotic Resistance in US Higher Than Thought: CDC Despite progress since 2013, antibiotic resistance remains a 'significant enemy' that threatens the nation's health and global security, federal health officials say.
  • Prophylaxis in Newly Diagnosed Myeloma Reduces Complications Studies on the benefit of supportive care options in myeloma are scarce, but now a study suggests that anti-infectious prophylaxis can reduce the risk of febrile episodes and early death.
  • Doctors Have a Right to Remain Mum, Judge Says Will malpractice premiums rise in this state?; investigation of doctor's misconduct falls into 'black hole'; bill that would allow military physicians to be sued has stalled; more.
  • Fewer Health Care-Associated Infections With All Private Rooms The move from an older, tertiary-care hospital with ward-type rooms to a completely new facility with all private rooms was associated with decreases in the rates of health care-associated infections and colonization, researchers from Canada report.
  • Ticagrelor: A New Antibiotic? The antiplatelet agent has bactericidal activity against multidrug-resistant gram-positive bacteria and may represent a new class of antibiotic, new research suggests.
  • Each Added Day of Postop Antibiotics Ups Risk of Kidney Injury, C. Diff Infection Each additional day of surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis increases the risks of acute kidney injury (AKI) and Clostridium difficile infection and does not lead to reductions in surgical site infections (SSIs), researchers say.
  • Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria Found on Patient Hands, Surfaces Multidrug-resistant bacteria were found on many hospitalized patients' hands and on commonly touched surfaces in their rooms. They could be a reservoir for hospital-acquired infections, a study indicates.
  • Hospital Staff Errors With Gowns and Gloves Spread Bacteria Healthcare workers caring for infectious patients sometimes make mistakes when removing personal protective garments, resulting in contamination of clothes or equipment with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a small study shows.
  • Chlorhexidine Does Not Reduce MDR Organisms in Non-ICU Hospital Areas Chlorhexidine bathing is no better than routine bathing for preventing multidrug-resistant organisms and all-cause bloodstream infections in non-critical-care hospital patients, according to results from the ABATE Infection trial.
  • ACC 2019POET: No Late Failure With Oral Antibiotic for Endocarditis Longer-term follow-up of patients with left-sided infectious endocarditis shows no delayed issues with an early switch to oral from IV antibiotics.
  • Stalled Progress on Staph Infections a Deadly Concern, CDC Says More than 119,000 people developed S aureus bloodstream infections in 2017, and inconsistent or declining adherence to infection prevention recommendations might be slowing progress.
  • MRSA Decolonization Reduces Postdischarge Infection Risk A new study finds that decolonization of MRSA carriers following discharge from the hospital can reduce the risk of developing an infection in the subsequent year.
  • ASH 2018Reducing Inappropriate Vancomycin Use in Cancer Patients A clinician who reduced the inappropriate use of vancomycin in patients with blood cancers and neutropenic fever has been hailed as a 'Choosing Wisely Champion.'
  • Non-children's Hospitals Fall Short on CAP Prescribing Most children admitted to non-children's hospitals with community-acquired pneumonia failed to receive antibiotics in accordance with guidelines, a study found.
  • Antibiotic-Resistant Infections Doubled Since 2007 in Europe The burden from antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections in Europe has doubled since 2007 and is now similar to the combined burden of influenza, tuberculosis, and HIV, a study found.