MDROs Common on Hands of Patients Admitted to Postacute Care
March 25, 2016 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance
Nearly one quarter of individuals admitted to a postacute care facility following discharge from a hospital had multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) on their hands, according to a research letter in the March 14, 2016, JAMA Internal Medicine. The authors examined the hands of 357 patients following 806 acute care visits, finding at least one MDRO on the hands of 86 (24%) of the patients. The most commonly identified bacteria were vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (13.7%), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (10.9%), and resistant gram-negative bacilli (2.8%).