Have you ever heard of multi-drug resistant bacteria? It’s quite a scary subject! We would like to explain it a bit better, because this week is World Antimicrobial Awareness Week. Since we disinfect far too much and take antibiotics too often, it is important to be aware of the dangers that can be involved. So that’s what this week is about!
Multi-drug resistant hospital bacteria are bacteria that have become resistant to all types of antibiotics. That sounds pretty scary, right? Well, they don’t only exist in hospitals but you can find them mainly there. This is because many antibiotics are used in hospitals, and after a while those antibiotics can no longer control the bacteria. What exactly does all this mean? And most importantly, how can healthy bacteria help? Because, good news, they certainly can!
How does it work correctly?
In hospitals, a lot of disinfectants and antibiotics are used. They do this to prevent diseases from spreading, of course. Spreading and cultivating these resistant bacteria therefore has to do with hygiene, but not with bad hygiene! No, it has to do with excessively good hygiene. By disinfecting and using antibiotics so frequently, after a while only mutations of certain bacteria remain. That’s because those bacteria contain a gene, a piece of DNA, that makes the antibiotics harmless, so they stay alive! The ‘survivors’ are then highly resistant to the substances used. Which then ensures that those antibiotics and disinfectants no longer have a hold on those mutations. And then it gets dangerous. Luckily they have it well under control in hospitals! But it’s still a bit of a scary story. There are also certain regulations with regard to the use of antibiotics in, for example, animal husbandry. But multi-resistant bacteria remain a hot topic and a serious threat to public health. That’s why the World Health Organization keeps talking about it!
Good bacteria can help
‘What are you actually referring to with this bacteria story?’, you may wonder. Well, antibiotics must of course be used sparingly. In this way, bacteria have less chance to become resistant. But we can also look at probiotic cleaning, as we do with YOKUU. By letting good and healthy bacteria determine the indoor flora, bad, unhealthy bacteria have less chance. There is simply not enough space and food when so many healthy microbes are already present! The healthy bacteria eat so much and quickly that there is not enough left over for the ‘bad’ bacteria, so they cannot survive. When the bad bacteria take over, there will be dust, stains and odours everywhere. When the healthy bacteria take over, on the other hand, your house will smell fresh, dust will have less chance to stay and stains will disappear like snow in the sun! All well that ends well.