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Colonized with MDROs, patients’ hands contaminate high-touch surfaces

Date: Wed 2nd August 2017

A microbial surveillance study conducted at six post-acute care facilities in Michigan revealed that patient hand colonization with multidrug-resistant organisms, or MDROs, was linked to environmental contamination on high-touch surface areas. 

During their investigation, Payal K. Patel, MD, MPH, a clinical lecturer in infectious diseases and internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, and colleagues also found that patients with disabilities were more likely to have MDRO hand colonization than patients without disabilities.

“In our study, patient hand colonization with an MDRO was pervasive,” the researchers wrote. “Our results support other work showing that MDRO colonization in [post-acute care (PAC)] is widespread and that patient disability increases the risk of acquiring an MDRO.” 

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