‘Superbugs’ hang out on hospital patients

(Robert Preidt/ HealthDay) — If you weren’t already worried enough about what germs lurk in hospitals, a new study shows ‘superbugs’ are common on patients and the things they touch.

Even worse, these bacteria are resistant to multiple antibiotics, the researchers added.

“Hand hygiene narrative has largely focused on physicians, nurses and other frontline staff, and all the policies and performance measurements have centered on them, and rightfully so,” said study leader Dr. Lona Mody. She is a geriatrician, epidemiologist and patient safety researcher at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor.

“But our findings make an argument for addressing transmission of [superbugs] in a way that involves patients, too,” Mody added in a university news release. (…)

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