In this before-after study of 6 ICUs in 4 centers, daily chlorhexidine bathing (neck down) reduced the ICU acquisition rates of MRSA and VRE by 32% and 50% respectively. This easy low cost intervention appears to effectively reduce acquisition of multi-drug resistant organisms in high risk patients (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.