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Soap vs. superbugs

Medical Environment Update, March 20, 2020

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by Brian Ward

Several hospitals, long-term acute care facilities, and nursing homes in California and Illinois have been taking part in a study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the use of soap. Specifically, the study looks at bathing patients with chlorhexidine to stop the spread of drug-resistant infections.

Since 2017, patients at 50 facilities in Chicago and Orange County, California, have been bathed using the antimicrobial soap to prevent them from contracting or spreading superbugs. Chlorhexidine has already been proven effective for bathing ICU patients and treating dental infections.

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