Could we fight healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance with probiotic-based sanitation?

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Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) affect every year about 4 million hospitalized patients in the EU, causing over 33,000 deaths as a direct consequence and over 1.1 billion € associated costs. Besides the persistent microbial contamination of the hospital environment, a major cause is the rampant antimicrobial resistance (AMR) of the HAI-associated pathogens. The hospital environment itself is in fact a reservoir of resistant pathogens, apparently not sufficiently controlled by conventional chemical-based sanitation. A recently published study, the SAN-ICA study, performed in Italy, suggests that the fight against AMR may involve probiotic-based sanitation approaches, as they might stably reduce AMR surface pathogens, finally reducing HAI incidence. Here we discuss the reported results and argue that their use may provide a novel approach which deserves exploration.

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Elisabetta Caselli

Ivana Purificato - Scientist, Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS) Department of food safety, nutrition and veterinary public health

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Caselli, E., & Purificato, I. (2020). Could we fight healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance with probiotic-based sanitation?. Annali dell’Istituto Superiore Di Sanità, 56(3), 263-266. Retrieved from https://annali.iss.it/index.php/anna/article/view/1074
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