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“Superbugs” hang on hospital patients

If you are not already worried about what bacteria lurk in hospitals, a new study shows "superbugs" common to patients and the things they concern. Even worse, these bacteria are resistant to several antibiotics, the researchers added. "Hygienic story has largely focused on doctors, nurses and other frontline staff, and all policies and performance measurements have centered on them and rightly so," says study leader Dr. Lona Mody, a geriatrician, epidemiologist and patient safety researcher at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. "But our results make an argument for managing the transfer of [superbugs] in a way that also involves patients," added Mody in a university perspective. In the study, researchers tested 399 hospital patients and found that 1 4 percent had superbugs on their hands or nostrils immediately after entry. Superbugs were also found on objects that were usually touched by patients, such as the nurse club button, in almost one third of the tests. Another 6 percent of patients who did not have superbugs on their hands when the first hospitals tested positive for them later in their hospital stay, and one-fifth of the tested items in their room had similar superuges on them, the investigators found. The hands of health care are the main means of transmitting these bacteria to patients, according to the authors of the study published last week in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. The researchers noted that the presence of superbugs on patients or objects in their rooms does not necessarily mean…

If you are not already worried about what bacteria lurk in hospitals, a new study shows “superbugs” common to patients and the things they concern.

Even worse, these bacteria are resistant to several antibiotics, the researchers added.

“Hygienic story has largely focused on doctors, nurses and other frontline staff, and all policies and performance measurements have centered on them and rightly so,” says study leader Dr. Lona Mody, a geriatrician, epidemiologist and patient safety researcher at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

“But our results make an argument for managing the transfer of [superbugs] in a way that also involves patients,” added Mody in a university perspective.

In the study, researchers tested 399 hospital patients and found that 1

4 percent had superbugs on their hands or nostrils immediately after entry. Superbugs were also found on objects that were usually touched by patients, such as the nurse club button, in almost one third of the tests.

Another 6 percent of patients who did not have superbugs on their hands when the first hospitals tested positive for them later in their hospital stay, and one-fifth of the tested items in their room had similar superuges on them, the investigators found.

The hands of health care are the main means of transmitting these bacteria to patients, according to the authors of the study published last week in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

The researchers noted that the presence of superbugs on patients or objects in their rooms does not necessarily mean that these patients will become ill with antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

But of the six patients in the study who developed an infection with a superbug called methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (or MRSA), all had positive tests for MRSA on their hands and hospital room records.

The results indicate that many superbugs on patients are also found in their rooms early during their stay, suggesting that transfer to room surfaces is rapid.

Mody also noted that many patients arrive at the hospital via the emergency department and can get tests in other areas before they reach their hospital room, so it is important to learn more about superbugs in these areas.

According to study co-author Dr. Katherine Reyes, “This study highlights the importance of hand washing and environmental cleansing, especially in the health field where patients’ immune systems are compromised.” Reyes is an infectious disease doctor at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.

“This step is crucial, not just for caregivers, but also for patients and their families. Cancers are on our hands, you don’t have to believe it, and they travel. When these bacteria are not washed off, they easily pass from person to person, occurring against people and making people sick, says Reyes.

More information [19659002] The American National Health Institutes explain how to combat the spread of superbugs.

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