Lee’s Summit Medical Center participated in a comprehensive infection prevention study that suggests a major change in healthcare practice could improve the quality of care in every hospital and save lives.

As a result of the findings in a 43-hospital study, HCA is in the process of implementing universal decolonization in its adult intensive care units in each of its hospitals.

The use of antimicrobial agents on an entire patient population is called “universal decolonization.” The recent study found that using antimicrobial soap and ointment to decolonize all intensive care unit patients reduced all bloodstream infections, including MRSA by 44 percent.

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