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MDRO stands for multidrug-resistant organism. MDRO germs, called bacteria, include MRSA, VRE, ESBL, CRE, 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 infection with MDRO germs can be in any part of the body, including blood, organs, skin, and sites where surgery was done.
MDRO germs can be spread from one person to another through personal contact or from something that has the germs on it. It is commonly spread from the hands of someone who has an MDRO infection.
If you have an MDRO infection in the hospital, the hospital staff will work hard to:
You, your doctor, the hospital staff, and your visitors all play a part in keeping the infection from spreading 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 advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) 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: October 31, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo MD - Internal Medicine
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