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PREVENTING INFECTION

ANCHOR LEAD:   KIDS ARE BEING SCREENED FOR SO CALLED ‘SUPERBUGS’ AT JOHNS HOPKINS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Every child admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins will now be tested for methicilin resistant staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin resistant enterococcus in an effort to control hospital-associated infection with these bacteria in vulnerable kids.  Aaron Milstone, a fellow in infectious diseases, authored the study that led to the new policy.

MILSTONE:  So in patients who are identified as positive they are isolated in to ideally a private room or otherwise cohorted with a patient who is known to have the same bacteria and we do that because it’s been shown that if you keep patients together then hopefully you can protect or prevent transmission of that bacteria from a patient with to a patient without that bacteria. :23

Milstone says awareness of the problem is growing and will likely result in most hospitals adopting such policies shortly, so parents shouldn’t be surprised when their child is tested.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.

 


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