Handy find: 1 in 10 patients carry superbugs at admission

Patients need to wash their hands too, not just doctors, to stop superbug spread
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Patients’ hands need a good scrub while in hospital, according to a US study that found they are commonly contaminated with multi-drug-resistant organisms (MDRO) at admission or early on in their stay.

Writing in Clinical Infectious Diseases, University of Michigan researchers called for a greater focus on patient hand hygiene after finding 10% of the nearly 400 patients (mean age 61) in their study of two hospitals had an MDRO on their hands at admission.