Combating Hospital/Nursing Home Super Bugs

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The growing problem of drug-resistant staph infections in hospitals needs a fresh approach — including antibiotic-free hospitals and perhaps a dose of “good” bacteria on surgeons’ hands, one researcher argues.

Writing in the Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Dr. Mark Spigelman lays out a proposal for combating methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. This so-called “superbug” is untreatable with most antibiotics and can cause potentially deadly complications like pneumonia, bloodstream infections and surgical wound infections.

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