Studies to tackle superbugs in aged care

21 February 2018: Two major research projects will investigate the threat of antibiotic-resistant...

Two major research projects will investigate the threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in aged care and inform future strategies and risk assessment.

So-called “superbug” infections are an increasing problem worldwide that can leave healthcare professionals with limited or no available treatment options. The projects are being funded by Australia’s Medical Research Future Fund under the Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance program, Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt announced on Friday.

He said the close living proximity of residents, multiple medical conditions, poor immune systems and frequent transfer of residents to and from hospitals all contributed to the high use of antibiotics and heightened risk of infection, including from drug-resistant bacteria.

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