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Resistant Germs Prevalent in Nursing Homes

Resistant Germs Prevalent in Nursing Homes

United Press International

April 13, 2009

Residents of nursing homes are one of the main reservoirs of anti-microbial resistant bacteria, U.S. researchers said.

Study leader Dr. Erin’ O’Fallon, a geriatrician at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center and a research fellow in medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston said that the prevalence of a certain form of drug-resistant bacteria — multidrug-resistant gram-negative organisms — far surpassed that of two other common antimicrobial-resistant infections in long-term care facilities.

“Recently, it has become apparent that multidrug resistance among gram-negative bacteria is becoming an even greater problem in these facilities, with nearly half of long-term care facility residents harboring multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria,” the researchers said in a statement.

Infection from multidrug-resistant gram-negative organisms can lead to toxins in the bloodstream that cause inflammation and destroy healthy tissue and if left untreated, these infections can be fatal, O’Fallon said.

The researchers used more than 1,660 clinical cultures of urine, blood and wound specimens obtained from residents at a large, urban long-term care facility. The researchers found 180 cases of multidrug-resistant gram-negative organisms compared to 104 cases of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureas and 11 cases of vancomycin-resistant enterococci.

Of further concern was the steady rise in multidrug-resistant gram-negative organisms over the two-year study period, which increased from 7 percent the first year to 13 percent in the last year, the study said.

The findings were published in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences.

  • Dawn4joe_max50


    almost 6 years ago


    Feed all the residents ....Wheat Grass .. instead of anti-biotics ..and their bodies will stand a fighting .. Clean facilities or not .. How about some 'Fresh Air' every now & again ..also ..!

  • Thefatlady_max50


    almost 6 years ago


    No surprise. Remember Microbiology 101. You have a large group of people in one relatively contained place with lots of opportunity for person-to-person contact. It's the same problem with 'Day Care' for kids and even schools. Even with scrupulous 'universal precautions' - there's too much opportunity for the germs to move about and thrive.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 6 years ago


    The nursing home that I worked for for a long time was not the cleanest. I worked there 6 years and not once saw housekeeping clean the railings or walls. Doorknobs where never cleaned even the vents where not cleaned. The dust would cover the vents. Every time a resident would cough the ADON would demand that we call the MD for an antibiotic, even if they did not need it. During the summer the units where so hot that we would have to put ice packs in our pockets to stay cool. No wonder the residents where always getting ill. The only time this place would house clean is when they expected the state. Bacteria had a feild day in this place.

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    almost 6 years ago


    I believe this. It is increased warm, clients are incontinent at times, it is so easy for bacterial growth. It takes a special care to keep clients and facility extra clean.

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