Occurrence of Multidrug-resistant Organisms Increasing in Nursing Home Facilities, Study Suggests

A recent study suggests that a certain type of multidrug-resistant organism (“MDRO”) is becoming more prevalent in nursing home facilities.  The study begins by signifying that Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (“MRSA”) occurrence appears to be steadily decreasing, while Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (“VRE”) occurrence may be increasing in these facilities.  One data analyst involved in this study explained that since nursing homes routinely act as a transition for patients hoping to eventually return home, these patients may be exposed to MDROs.   

A researcher associated with the study explained, “Infection prevention and control efforts have focused mostly on accurate care, successfully reducing incidence of MRSA colonization in hospitals by 31% from 2005 to 2011 in the United States.  Meanwhile, enterococcal infections and colonization with VRE had arisen, often with serious clinical implications, including a doubling in VRE-related hospital charges.”  For more, read the story.