41% of multi-drug resistant infections are acquired when nursing home residents are hospitalized, more attention needed, researchers find

an image of bacteriaA significant proportion of multi-drug resistant infections in nursing homes originate in acute care hospitals, indicating that greater coordination between settings is needed, according to recently published findings.

The nursing home itself is the most likely place for a resident to acquire this type of infection, but many also get infected during stints in the hospital, the investigators determined. Among residents infected during the 2010 to 2011 study period, 41% picked up the multi-drug resistant organism in an acute care hospital, compared with 57% infected while in the nursing home.

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