Preventing superbugs, infections in health-care settings

Buoyed by a $5.1 million grant, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis will study novel strategies to reduce infections acquired in health-care settings and to limit the spread of dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The funding is part of $26 million awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to five academic medical centers as part of a patient-safety effort known as the Prevention Epicenters Program.

Baths with antiseptic wipes reduce ICU infections

ICU patients who are bathed daily with antiseptic wipes have significantly lower rates of bloodstream infections and are less likely to acquire antibiotic-resistant bacteria on the skin, according to a new study from researchers including David Warren, MD, medical director for infection prevention at the School of Medicine.

Antibiotics ineffective for most sinus infections

Antibiotics that doctors typically prescribe for sinus infections do not reduce symptoms any better than an inactive placebo, according to Jay F. Piccirillo, MD, and his co-investigators at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Instead of giving antibiotics, the researchers suggest treating symptoms, such as pain, cough and congestion, along with watchful waiting to see whether further treatment is necessary.