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A quarter of nursing home residents are colonized with drug-resistant bacteria

– Posted in: Commentary

A study by the Columbia University School of nursing found that there was an increased risk of colonization by drug resistant bacteria, among nursing home patients. The study pointed to the need for intensified efforts to reduce bacteria among nursing home patients, some of whom carry their drug resistant bacteria into hospital settings. Causes of the bacterial infection include fecal matter on the elderly patients, as well as dangers posed by hospital equipment. The study has special importance in light of the increased numbers of drug resistant bacterial in hospitals.

Key Takeaways:

  • Over a quarter (average) of nursing home residents had multidrug resistant gram-negative bacteria present in their systems when sampled by researchers.
  • Professional and nursing home facilities need to be stringent in their infection control procedures and safety mechanisms to prevent the spread of MDR-GNB.
  • Residents in professional and nursing care facilities are especially susceptible due to their advanced age and weakened immune systems.

“MDR-GNB cause serious infections in healthcare settings including pneumonia, bloodstream infections, wound or surgical site infections, and meningitis.”

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