ANCHOR LEAD: PEOPLE BEING ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL MAY BE ASKED FOR A NOSE SWAB, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
People being admitted to the hospital may very likely be asked to submit to a nasal swab to check for the presence of certain bacteria that may cause severe infections. Julie Frieschlag, head of the department of surgery at Johns Hopkins, says it’s nothing to fear.
FREISCHLAG: They should go ahead and do it, and not worry that perhaps it is a high incidence, but if we could save one or two infections it’s well worth it. :09
The practice was reported recently in the New England Journal of Medicine to reduce MRSA infections in inpatients. Frieschlag says other studies are underway to confirm.
FREISHLAG: Now with this new treatment where we can actually use the medication to get rid of the bacteria we’re doing a pilot study in cardiac surgery looking at that presently, and we’ll be able to see whether or not there is an incidence we need to treat, and whether or not we can make a difference. :15
MRSA infection is well worth preventing since it may be life threatening. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.