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New Battleground Discovered in Fight Against Superbugs

Researchers from the University of Michigan have uncovered the latest battleground in the fight against multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs) or ‘superbugs’ – patients’ hands and ‘high-touch’ objects.

In its report – ‘Multidrug-resistant Organisms in Hospitals: What Is on Patient Hands and in Their Rooms?’ – the University states that despite efforts to promote hand sanitation in doctors, nurses and others, patients’ hands are often forgotten.

Researchers found that 14% of a sample of 399 hospital patients had antibiotic-resistant bacteria on their hands or in their nostrils early on in their hospital stay. Furthermore, 6% of the patients who didn’t have MDROs on their hands at the beginning of their hospitalisation tested positive later on in their stay.

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