November #139 : Staph Directory

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Pray Tell

The South Shall Rise Again

Coming Clean

On Your Marks

What’s In, What’s Out

Sperm of the Moment

Ready for Your Screen Test?

Staph Directory

(Not So) Free of Charge

The Simplex Life

The Big Fix


Scotch Guard

Sounds Like a Plan

I Got Tested for HIV... And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt

Hot Dates-November 2007

Babe Boom

The Profiler

Hot or Not?

Release Party

Toxic Avengers

Ticket to Ride

Medical Leave

Saturday's Child

Editor's Letter-November 2007

Mailbox-November 2007

Catch of the Month-November 2007

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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November 2007

Staph Directory

Without a lot of dough or high-tech equipment, hospitals can conquer a dangerous infection.

For the past few years, drug-resistant staph (MRSA, for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) has run rampant  in clinics, prisons, schools and gyms, generating scary, sci-fi headlines. MRSA preys especially easily on those with immune damage—including folks with HIV—and has killed  patients in hospitals all around the U.S.

A Pittsburgh hospital joined a pilot program and fought back. It instituted several simple preventive measures (common in European health care settings), such as testing all entering patients for MRSA, using a swab of nasal passages and isolating and treating those with the infection.

The hospital also outfitted every room with its own blood-pressure cuff, stethoscope and container of foaming antibacterial hand cleaner. And it motivated employees to take responsibility for battling MRSA. Their enthusiasm was infectious: MRSA cases in the hospital’s surgical unit fell by 78%

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