The analysis of 1,521 samples taken from the edges of curtains, where they are touched most often, found 334 (22%) tested positive for multidrug-resistant organisms 9MDROs).
Misdiagnosis of infection strains in hospitals is leading to a public health crisis, as doctors treat these infections unnecessarily and ineffectively with antibiotics. To tackle this, new precision medicine solutions are being tested.
Scientists were able to determine that the strain that had sickened the patient had been in circulation in the hospital for at least a year prior to the patient's death, spreading between patients and throughout the wards of the hospital. It even traveled among the three campuses of the hospital, which were miles apart. The analysis also found that the isolates of the highly drug-resistant outbreak strain were carrying multiple antibiotic resistance genes and plasmids.
In the first comprehensive review of access to water, sanitation, and hygiene services (WASH) in healthcare centers, Unicef and the World Health Organization (WHO) found that roughly two billion people use health facilities lacking basic water services globally – while almost 900 million people use health centers with no water services at all.
According to the study, health care-associated infections can be reduced by 6 percent with just a 10 percent improvement in hand hygiene compliance.
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the availability of free, downloadable Quick Observation Tools (QUOTs) for infection control.
Researchers developed a novel plastic drain cover that they say could reduce the dissemination of pathogens from contaminated hospital sinks.
Researchers discovered three variants of multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus epidermidis in samples from 10 countries that cannot be reliably tamed by any drug currently on the market.
An outbreak of Chryseobacterium indologenes that affected 12 patients in ICUs in Spain, resulting in one death, was possibly caused by drainage water from hand-washing sinks.
Between January 2016 and April 2018, six sporadic hospital transmissions of malaria were identified in the European Union.