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Superbugs in many patients in hospitals – why?
- April 18, 2019
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
Despite the fact that most modern hospitals and hospitals in developing and developed countries are islands of a relatively high degree of sterility, many patients during their stay there receive certain microbes as “companions” – this is indicated by a new research of specialists – bacteriologists from the University of Michigan, who conducted an independent review of more than 400 hospitals across the state. They found that a fairly large percentage of patients being treated in hospitals — especially early in their placement there — are more likely to get certain bacteria on their bodies.
In particular, the study focused on finding out how easily such patients could get certain types of MRDO type bacteria on the surface of their body – or even inside it – which means bacteria that show a very high degree of repulsion of antibiotics and drugs. Thanks to the use of special ultraviolet equipment and bacterial scanning techniques, specialists from Michigan found that approximately 14% of all patients acquire these microbes at an early stage of their placement in the hospital, while the other 6% acquire them at the later stages of their stay in the hospital.
The main explanation for this trend, scientists suggest to put forward a disregard for the general standards of sanitation – both among the medical staff and among the patients themselves. At the same time, they note that patients who have acquired bacteria of this type will not necessarily suffer from this, but experts talk about some other potential dangers.
However, it becomes clear that such statistics should not be neglected, since such a high percentage of prior infection may in some cases lead to a deterioration of the patient’s condition and a lower threshold of responsiveness to certain antibiotics or drugs – which may complicate treatment. Thus, experts from the University of Michigan once again urge to monitor sanitation in hospitals and other medical institutions.