Bacteria infections are a common problem in medical centers. In fact, thousands of newborns get infected while they’re still in the hospital.
But there is some good news.
New research shows non-resistant bacteria, not the harder to treat drug-resistant, is actually more common in babies.
Experts looked at the records of more than 300 neonatal intensive care units. They found twice as many infants are affected by traditional bacterial infections than strains, like MRSA, that are extremely difficult to treat.
The reason may be that drug-resistant bacteria is currently screened in most NICUs across the U.S., but the rooms aren’t tested for all kinds of bacteria.
Experts are urging hospitals to take precautions for all forms of bacteria to reduce the risk of infections.