Infection Control Study in Ghana Hospitals Show Door Handles Often Shelter MRSA

A new study (published May 10, 2016) in Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control shows the need for better protocols when it comes to the cleaning of hospital door handles. Eight samples were positive with MRSA, and were resistant to at least four antibiotics. The scary part, one of the samples was resistant to eight antibiotics.

The study took place in three Ghana Hospitals -Tamale Teaching Hospital, Tamale Central Hospital and Tamale West Hospital. After testing a total of 120 swab samples from door handles, stair railings and other points of contact at research proved 47 of the swabs (39 percent) were positive for S. aureus, and eight were MRSA.

MRSA is not isolated to Ghana. It is a global, and often found in hospitals and locker rooms.

What is MRSA?

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is caused by a type of staph bacteria that’s become resistant to many of the antibiotics used to treat ordinary staph infections.


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