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Hospitals could stop infections by tackling bacteria patients bring in, studies find

New York Times, January 7, 2010

Two new studies suggest relatively simple ways hospitals can prevent many infections by killing the bacteria on the patient before surgery with methods of screening, scrubbing, or pretreating the patient that many hospitals do not typically use. The studies examined infections that develop at the site of surgery, often around the incision, and afflict more than 300,000 patients a year in the United States. They looked at the bacteria patients may be carrying before entering the hospital, especially a common bacteria, staphylococcus aureus.