November 16, 2023

E. Snitkin in Michigan Medicine Health Lab

Spread of drug resistant bacteria linked to patient hand contamination and antibiotic use within nursing homes

Research led by Evan Snitkin, Ph.D., of the Department of Microbiology & ImmunologyLona 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.

The results suggest that more judicious use of antibiotics and education on hand hygiene for nursing home residents could improve the control of VRE within these settings and reduce the burden of infection.

Paper cited: “Association of patient clinical and gut microbiota features with vancomycin-resistant enterococci environmental contamination in nursing homes: a retrospective observational study,” The Lancet Healthy Longevity. DOI: 10.1016/S2666-7568(23)00188-5