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Washing hands would slow superbug

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C. S. Goldsmith and A. Balish, CDC
C. S. Goldsmith and A. Balish, CDC

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week sounded the alarm over a new family of bacteria that are immune to the strongest antibiotics.

     The Patient Safety Officer for Sanford Health, Dr. Wendell Hoffman, says the superbug tends to strike immune-compromised patients who are in long term care.

     Hoffman says excessive antibiotic use combined with the failure of healthcare workers to wash their hands allows the bug to spread.  He says washing hands is the foundation of the prevention of any infection.  He says, sadly in healthcare, even professionals are not washing their hands to the extent that they should be.

     Hoffman also encourages physicians to better use antibiotics.  He says when they're used less frequently and more wisely, the incidents of resistant bacteria go down

     He says Sanford Health is proactive by identifying patients who are at high risk and prepared for possible isolation.

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