Researchers at the Wellcome Sanger Institute have found that Clostridium difficile is evolving into two different species, one that has adapted to spread in hospital settings.
Hospital patients in the United Kingdom have been exposed to listeria from eating contaminated food provided by seven hospitals. The government states that there have not been any new cases related to this outbreak and that the risk to public health is very low.
A study by University of Plymouth researchers suggests that standard disinfectants used by hospitals may no longer be effective in preventing the spread of Clostridioides difficile.
Epidemiologic data and whole genome sequencing revealed a transmission of more than three years duration of New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae with antibiotic-resistant genes in a northern California hospital.
Research demonstrated that procedures used to contain Candida auris infection in an animal facility can potentially be applied to hospitals and other healthcare facilities to limit its spread.
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.