Friday, May 23, 2014

A multi-drug resistant organism, or MDRO, is a bacteria that is resistant to many antibiotics. This means that certain drug treatments will not work. Dr. Edward Hill discusses MDROs and why they occur in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Multi-drug resistant organisms, or MDROs, are common bacteria that have developed resistance to multiple types of antibiotics. These bacteria are present on the body of many people, including on the skin, in the nose or other moist areas of the body and in secretions.

Antibiotic resistance often occurs following frequent antibiotic use or frequent exposure to a health care setting. For most healthy people these bacteria dont cause a problem.

Healthy people may carry the bacteria causing MDRO without becoming ill. Infection means the MDRO are present in or on the body and are causing illness.

Symptoms of MDRO may vary depending on the part of the body that is infected. Infection can occur in any part of the body. Infections may affect the skin, lungs, urinary tract or bloodstream.

MDRO are commonly spread by direct contact. Since the usual antibiotic does not work to treat MDRO, other antibiotics are used. Even when the infection is treated MDRO are often still present on the skin or in the nose.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.