Good step and certainly can't hurt...BD
CHICAGO (AP) Loyola University Medical Center on Monday announced plans to start testing all incoming patients for a drug-resistant staph germ and isolating those who carry the dangerous bacteria. The 589-bed hospital in Maywood, just west of Chicago, is among the first in Illinois to start universal screening for the superbug. The germ in question is called MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. A new Illinois law requires hospitals to test high-risk and intensive-care patients for MRSA. The nation's Veterans Affairs hospitals began universal MRSA testing this year. And Evanston Northwestern Healthcare has reported a substantial drop in MRSA cases at its three suburban Chicago hospitals since it began universal testing in 2005.