Nov 21

Understanding MRSA

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Understanding MRSA Can Help Prevent Against It   by Jacob Cohen-Donnelly

Most people have heard of a Staph infection. A Staph infection is when the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus is on the body and there is an opening of sorts that allow the bacteria to get in. When that happens, an infection can happen. It’s common in hospital settings because of how many different bacteria are going around. For most people, their knowledge of Staph ends with the normal, simple, Staphylococcus aureus.That would have been the case until a few years ago when suddenly, MRSA became a huge scare to people. People were talking about it as if it the Black plague had come back again. Standing for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA is a mean bacteria that can do a lot more damage to the body because of how resistant it is to so many different types of bacteria. Unlike a normal Staph infection that can be treated with a regimen of antibiotics, MRSA is immune to so many of them.

The symptoms of a breakout of MRSA (or any Staph infection) for that matter starts with simple bumps that appear to be little red pimples. Unfortunately, these can quickly turn into painful, deep abscesses that can only be treated with surgery. That happens if the bacterium stays on the surface of the body. If it gets into the body, it can do tremendous damage to bones, joints, the bloodstream, lungs, and the heart valves. As can be seen, a Staph infection is very serious.

Because of that, it makes perfect sense why people were so petrified of MRSA. In the hospital setting, there is one antibiotic that doctors are known to prescribe called vancomycin. This antibiotic is known for treating resistant germs and is lethal against MRSA. Once again, though, doctors are finding that there are new strains of MRSA popping up that are resistant to vancomycin. Doctors now are treating it by not even administering an antibiotic, but instead, draining abscess caused by the MRSA. If they can drain it, perhaps the MRSA will go away.

The simple truth, though, is that while treating MRSA might seem like the best thing you can do, the reality is: prevention is key. If you can prevent the spread of MRSA rather than worry about it only after you have it, it won’t spread. The trick to preventing the spread of MRSA are the following tips:

* Wear gloves when dealing with a patient that is a potential carrier of MRSA.

* Wash your hands before and after dealing with any patient in case you have MRSA on your hands.

* Wash your own hands often, even if you’re not in the medical field. Proper hygiene can definitely help prevent against it.

These are just three techniques that people suggest will help lessen the amount of cases of MRSA. Because of its severity, people need to do everything they can to try and limit its spread. It is life-threatening if not dealt with appropriately and people have and can die from it. But, if people take proper care in preventing against it, they have nothing to worry about. Until then, though, scientists will continue creating new antibiotics to try and counter this resistant bug.

About the AuthorJacob is a biology major with aspirations to get his PhD in virology and become a professor. He runs his biology news blog where he posts the latest in biological news and his opinions on what is going on in the field. He write about numerous different topics including neurobiology, ecology, medicine, and microbiology.

Nov 21

MRSA Superbug

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MRSA, The Superbug That Won’t go Away.   by Nick Jervis

MRSA is an horrendous infection and is made worse by the fact that it is most commonly picked up in hospitals; an environment that is supposed to prevent those who are ill suffering from further infection. It means that if you are already ill, contracting the MRSA infection could mean the visit to hospital that was supposed to aid your recovery could end up with you being worse off. In worst case scenarios, people have gone into hospital for minor treatment, contracted the ’super bug’ and have died as a result. This is most common amongst children and the elderly, who have weaker immune systems and are at much higher risk.MRSA has been around since the 1960’s, so it isn’t a new infection although it has been given a lot more press coverage in recent years. However, it is believed that standards of cleanliness in hospitals are lower now than in the past, and that this is making the infection more prevalent. The people at most risk are the elderly and people who are already ill. This is because their immune systems are generally weaker, so their bodies are less able to fight off the added MRSA infection. People with open wounds are also at risk as this is one route that the infection uses to enter the body.

Once someone has contracted the infection, then urgent steps need to be taken by the hospital involved. The patient needs to be isolated and moved away from other patients. As the infection is extremely contagious, this needs to be done immediately. The site of the infection on the patient’s body needs to be treated without delay. It needs to be washed and cleaned to prevent any infection spreading to other areas of the body. Everyone who comes into contact with the patient needs to ensure that they follow basic safety procedures, such as washing hands thoroughly, so as not to spread the infection. Obviously at any of these stages negligence, albeit unintentional, can cause the situation to worsen.

Despite improvements in hospital cleanliness, such as the introduction of alcohol based hand washes and stricter ‘deep cleaning’ procedures, it is believed that cases of MRSA are on the rise. This is contrary to the government’s claims to have the infection contained and under control. It is thought that two thirds of hospitals in the UK are failing to meet the government targets to wipe the infection out. In around one in seven hospitals, cases of MRSA are on the increase. It is also thought that the actual number of MRSA cases is greater than official figures suggest because not all cases are being reported.

If you contract the MRSA virus you are fully within your rights to make a claim through a specialist claims company. Although the infection can be treated with antibiotics, there can still be lasting effects on the patient. If you decide to make a claim then you should approach a specialist solicitor who has experience in the field of medical negligence and specifically MRSA cases. They will be able to offer advice and guide you through the claim process smoothly and easily.

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