Superbugs now also becoming resistant to alcohol…

Clinical Interventions>Hand Hygiene    Increasing Tolerance of Hospital Enterococcus faecium to Handwash Alcohols           Aug 02 2018

Clinical Interventions>Hand Hygiene Increasing Tolerance of Hospital Enterococcus faecium to Handwash Alcohols Aug 02 2018

These superbugs can lead to harmful infections in hospitals and now are gaining increasingly more resistance to alcohol-based hand sanitizers created to hold them in check.

It could infect and kill seriously ill patients - such as those receiving chemotherapy or people recovering from organ transplants, the Guardian reports.

They found strong evidence that the superbug vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE) is growing increasingly immune to alcohol-based disinfectants.

Infections caused by vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE) are some of the most hard to treat because the bacterium is resistant to many classes of antibiotic, including the "last resort" drug vancomycin.

'It only impacts the most susceptible people - so healthy people do not get VRE infections'. Professor Paul Johnson, who also co-led the study, said the findings should not prompt any dramatic change in the use of alcohol-based disinfectants. They found the alcohol resistant strains in the mice poop and that both antibiotic-resistant and normal strains of the bacteria had the same rate of tolerance, which doesn't bode well for the future.

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Writing in the journal Science Translational Medicine, the team said efforts to combat superbugs should focus on how bacteria become resistant to disinfectants as well as antibiotics.

The researchers tested alcohol tolerance of 139 hospital isolates of Enterococcus faecium obtained between 1997 and 2015.

The researchers then used a mouse infection model to assess the clinical relevance of this increased alcohol tolerance, coating the floors of mice cages with the E faecium isolates and then wiping them down with a solution containing 70% isopropyl alcohol-the amount contained in alcohol-based hand rubs.

"In hospitals with endemic VRE, it would seem prudent to optimize adherence to alcohol-based disinfectant protocols to ensure adequate exposure times and use of sufficient volumes of product, particularly each time a health care worker cleans their hands", they write.

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