Most people go to the hospital expecting to get better. It's a pretty reasonable expectation, right? Well, some unfortunate patients emerge from hospital visits with serious infections. Hospital-acquired infections are often caused by familiar strains of bacteria — like E. coli and Staphylococcus — that have developed over time to become immune to the antibiotics that used to kill them. These hospital superbugs are a growing concern in healthcare. A 2016 report estimated that drug-resistant superbugs could kill 10 million people per year by 2050.
But research published this week suggests that we may have a new weapon with which to fight them.