Study finds 1 in 4 seniors leave hospital with superbug on their hands


A recent study suggests that seniors, who has been in the hospital for a long time, might leave that place with more superbug than they had before.

 In their report published in a JAMA Internal Medicine research letter, researchers from the University of Michigan indicates that 25% of seniors leave the hospital with at least one superbug on their hands.


What’s more, they worked out that those who come to the nursing home, or other kind of post-acute care (PAC) facility are likely to accumulate even more superbugs during their stay. These datas was collected from the patients who have been sent to the hospital due to medical or surgical issues, and had to take extra medical care before coming back home.

A new release reveals that scientists have checked 357 seniors from plenty of PAC facilities in southeast Michigan. When they checked in, up to 24 percent of these people got at least one germ or multidrug-resistant organism on their hands.

After they had been at the PAC facility for 2 weeks, they were tested again. They were checked once a month for up to 6 months or til the day they leave. Results from these tests suggested that the proportion of people who had superbugs on their hands increased to 34 percent.

According to Dr. Lona Mody, associate chief for clinical and translational research at the University of Michigan Geriatrics Center, healthcare workers have been educated about hand hygiene for decades. With these findings, she said it was time to acknowledge patients about hand hygiene, too.

Dr. Mody has indicated that seniors tend to choose to live in facilities which have a variety of group activities and social events. Therefore, there happens the increasing spread of superbugs. Moreover, that antibiotic has been used so frequently contributes to the strains of many infectious bacteria to evolve, becoming resistant to every kind of treatment.

Mody said that patient handwashing is not a common practice in hospitals and PAC facilities. Hence, there is high need of developing the overarching principles which has been implemented with adults and making patients adapted to it.

Mody recommended growing the superbugs in lab in order to show the patients the real germs on their hands. Also, a toolkit has been designed to support health care workers teach their patients about hand hygiene.




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