If you happen to be unlucky enough to suffer from a serious illness, infection, or wound youd think the safest and cleanest place to be would be a hospital, right? As it turns out, a recent research study conducted by the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine found out that it could be quite the opposite. Their study found that out of 50 hospital rooms tested, nearly half of them were either colonized or infected with superbug bacteria that are resistant to multiple types of drugs.
The superbug in question, acinetobacter baumannii or MDR-AB, was detected on multiple surfaces of rooms that had previously been occupied by patients suffering infections. For this particular study, researchers took samples from 10 different surfaces in each hospital room. The surfaces included bedrails, bedside tables, supply carts, ventilator touch pads, vital sign monitors, door knobs, sinks, nurse call buttons, infusion pumps, and the floor surfaces on each side of the bed. Nearly 10% of the surfaces tested in each room contained traces of the bacteria.
These powerful strains can linger for long periods of time, and can easily spread to others. It has caused a number of serious infection outbreaks over the last decade. The study wasnt able to indicate whether the bacteria came to the rooms first, or if it was environmental contamination. This shows that items that get transferred from room to room can transport the debilitating bacteria just as easily as patients themselves.