These Hospital Bacteria Are No Lightweights

New bacteria strains with greater tolerance to alcohol-based hand sanitizers could spell trouble for hospitals.
Newer strains of the common hospital-dwelling pathogen E. faecium that have emerged since 2010 are 10 times more tolerant, according to research from the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity and Austin Health published in Science Translational Medicine.
“This isn’t the end of hospital hand hygiene, that’s been one of the most effective infection control procedures that we’ve introduced worldwide,” said lead author Tim Stinear. But hospitals will need additional procedures and policies, such as super-cleaning regimens featuring alternative disinfectants such as chlorine, he explained.

University of Melbourne

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