And if they are patients staying in a nursing home, they continue to acquire more superbugs—and these bugs can still be present on the hands even up to six months later.
It’s a common problem. In one test of 357 elderly patients, 24 per cent had at least one multidrug-resistant organism, or superbug, on their hands, researchers from the University of Michigan discovered.
And the problem got worse over time; after six months, one in three—or 34 per cent—of the patients had acquired at least one superbug.
Just as doctors are told to wash their hands, so the same should apply to patients, say the researchers.