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MDRO stands for multidrug-resistant organism. MDRO germs, called bacteria, include MRSA, VRE, ESBL, and KPC. These can all cause infections. But they can't be killed by many of the antibiotics that doctors use to treat infections. This makes them harder to treat.
An MDRO colony is a group of living MDRO germs. If you are colonized with an MDRO, these germs are living on or in your body. You may not be sick with an infection, but you can spread the germs. In some people, like those who are weak or ill, MDRO infections can become serious.
If you have an MDRO colony and go to the hospital for treatment, the hospital staff will work hard to keep the MDRO germs from spreading from you to others.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: February 11, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo MD - Internal Medicine
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