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Changing gloves can reduce the risk of infection during a surgical procedure  
A Swiss study found that the risk of perforations in surgical gloves increases with the duration of an operation.

Nanosuture instead of scar tissue  
Light and dye are used to stimulate tissue to repair itself. A new photochemical method make sure that wound healing in tissues is enhanced after surgery. 

Early screening for MRSA does not protect against nosocomial infections  
Experts advise screening patients for MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) carriage before or on admission to inpatient treatment.

Patients with diabetes have a particularly high risk of postoperative wound infections  
The risk of developing a wound infection vary as a function of the site and indication of an operation, and patients with diabetes are at increased risk, according to a study from Australia.

Nosocomial infections: systematic observation lowers infection rates.  
Systematic observation and recording of nosocomial infections significantly reduce in-hospital infection rates within a few years, according to an analysis of the German Nosocomial Infection Surveillance System "Krankenhaus-Infektions-Surveillance-System".

Showering does not pose an increased risk of infection for fresh surgical wounds  
Freshly stitched small wounds can get wet in the first two days without increased risk of wound infection. This is the conclusion of a clinical study in Australia.

Staphylococcus aureus in intensive care units: every fourth isolate is an MRSA  
In the intensive care units of German hospitals, every fourth Staphylococcus aureus isolate, on average, belongs to the MRSA category.