A multi-drug resistant organism (MDRO) is any kind of bacteria that has become resistant to many different antibiotics. These bacteria can be found in your surroundings, such as a desktop or sink, or they can live on or in your body. These bacteria usually do not make you sick unless they get into your body, such as a wound, kidneys, bloodstream or lungs. Many antibiotics will not treat a MDRO infection.
MDROs are mainly spread through physical contact. They can spread from patient to patient on the hands of hospital staff or from items that are used on or by more than one person.
Cultures of body fluids, such as urine, blood, sputum or fluid from a wound can tell us if you have a multi-drug resistant organism.