Antibiotic use may fuel MSRA bacteria

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) are two of the most dangerous MDROs, and the researchers have a new theory about them. With the new findings made after working on hundreds of nursing home patients, the team from the University of Michigan noted that using different antibiotics to control superbug bacteria or MRSA bacteria might only encourage another bacterial lurking nearby. This could lead to further issues and deteriorate the health of the patient.

It can be terrible to be affected by a kind of bacteria that cannot be killed with the help of modern antibiotics. At the same time, use of antibiotics could only make things worse. This is a situation that has not been faced in the past and can lead to a number of problems in the future. Researchers even said that such bacteria could be considered to be members of the antibiotic-resistant ecosystem in healthcare environments. This is because they do not respond alone but as a group.

In the research, it was noted that out of 234 frail elderly patients, forty percent had more than one multidrug-resistant organism (MDRO) living on their bodies. According to the study, patients having specific pairs of MDROs had a greater risk of developing a urinary tract infection that involves a MDRO.

A map of interactions among bacterial was created by the researchers, and the same has been published along with their findings that can be found in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This kind of mapping will be important for healthcare providers while treating a patient with the preventive use of specific antibiotics. So, this study will be important in preventing a number of other similar situations in the future. However, it will still take time since the research will be further developed in the laboratory and other healthcare facilities. This was noted by systems biologist Evan Snitkin, who is a part of the University of Michigan Medical School Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Till then, they hope their new findings will help patients and healthcare providers in avoiding antibiotic use until it is the only option available for them. Prevention, in this case, is as important as having the support of a malpractice lawyer before dealing with the other party for justice. So, we hope things will take a positive turn, and this research will help millions of patients across the world and make this world a better place to live in. 

Gail F. Reisman

House Surgeons, Arizona Pharmacy

Geal is a surgeon who currently serves as CEO for Arizona Pharmacy, a platform that makes manufacturing easy. She has also brought dozens of products to life over the course of his career.