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Hand Contamination and Antibiotics Fuel Spread of Drug-Resistant Bacteria
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Hand Contamination and Antibiotics Fuel Spread of Drug-Resistant Bacteria

The spectrum of care needs among nursing home residents, varying from short-term post-acute care for rehabilitation to more intensive nursing care, has grown. This trend aligns with a rise in the transmission of drug-resistant bacteria within these environments. Research led by Evan Snitkin, Ph.D., of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Lona Mody, M.D., interim division chief of Geriatric & Palliative Care Medicine and their team seeks to identify characteristics of patients within nursing homes, as well as the nursing home environment itself, that are associated with contamination by vancomycin-resistant enterococci. All About Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE) Vancomycin-resistant enterococci, or VRE, are bacteria that are naturally present in the gast...