In recent years, many of the most prevalent germs have become increasingly resistant to alcohol. This is due in part to the more frequent use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers. The bacteria have adapted to survive contact with alcohol, causing new and more virulent strains to spread.
Hospital and Healthcare-Related Settings
Alcohol resistant bacteria are a particularly challenging problem in hospitals and healthcare facilities. It is difficult for hospital staff to effectively eliminate the germs that cannot be killed with traditional cleaning products. As a result, infections spread easily between patients. Many hospital patients are highly particularly vulnerable to serious complications from the infection because they are already coping with an illness or chronic health condition.
Challenging Outbreaks and Patient Experiences
Many people are not aware of the most common kinds of bacteria in hospital settings that cannot be killed with alcohol alone. Clostridium difficile, also known as C. diff is highly communicable in hospitals and can cause severe colitis. This type of infection is resistant to most antibiotics. Infections are very difficult to treat, and people often experience recurrent episodes of acute illness after their initial infection. It can live on surfaces for weeks, and only bleach-based cleaners can kill it.
Ultimately, healthcare workers need to be conscientious about the dangers of alcohol-resistant bacteria. Thorough cleaning and sanitization procedures are essential for keeping patients safe.