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This week, Dutch researchers released a study finding that MRSA is often spread by patients moving from one hospital to another.  They determined that more stringent screening processes can significantly limit the spread of the antibiotic-resistant disease.  The New York Times put together a video piece on the studies and the increase in hospital-acquired infections that is worth taking a look at as well.

A hospital in Seattle made great headway in lowering its rate of hospital-acquired infections over the past year, prompted at least in part by a public website listing infection rates for hospitals around the state of Washington.

Reuters wrote this week about a nose treatment that may cut hospital-acquired infections.  According to the article, “researchers in the Netherlands said on Wednesday they were able to cut the risk of a common bacterium by nearly 60 percent by first looking for signs of it in the nose and then treating it with an antibiotic nasal gel and full body wash.”

And finally, an article in the Irish Independent writes about a hospital that “has become the first in the world to install copper doorknobs in a bid to reduce potentially lethal superbugs such as MRSA.”  The article sites a study demonstrating that copper may reduce the transmission of some hospital-acquired infections.