Research ArticleMICROBIOTA

Bacterial colonization and succession in a newly opened hospital

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science Translational Medicine  24 May 2017:
Vol. 9, Issue 391, eaah6500
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aah6500

A new hospital teems with life

Lax et al. conducted a yearlong survey of the bacterial diversity associated with the patients, staff, and built surfaces in a newly opened hospital. They found that the bacterial communities on patient skin strongly resembled those found in their rooms. The authors demonstrated that the patient skin microbial communities were shaped by a diversity of clinical and environmental factors during hospitalization. They found little effect of intravenous or oral antibiotic treatment on the skin microbiota of patients.