Research shows deadly bacteria in hospital rooms

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Research shows deadly bacteria in hospital rooms

The study conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have discovered the presence of Acinetobacter Baumannii (MDR-AB) in the hospital rooms which is a drug-resistant superbug that can be deadly. And not only that, the researchers also get almost half of the hospital room were contaminated.

The results that have been published in the American Journal of Infection Control, said that the study included the detection of bacteria in the bed rails, tables, infusion pumps, various equipment touch pads, floors supply carts, door knobs, and nurse call buttons. About 48 percent of rooms have been tested, its found on the surface samples about nearly 10 percent contained MDR-AB.

According to the researchers, among the patients with a history of remote MDR-AB and the surrounding environment is often contaminated with deadly bacteria. The possibility is also the bacteria from contaminated surfaces that frequently touched by hospital nurses during treatment.

MDR-AB infections are usually easy to attack patients with poor immune systems. And people who are sick will usually have the highest risk of exposure of this deadly bacteria. Last year's data sourced from the Journal Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that approximately 48,000 patients in the hospital have died from hospital superbugs.

This is a continuation of the previous facts, which showed about the hospitals that contaminated by pathogenic bacteria such as Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), Clostridium Difficile and Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus.