A Quarter of Nursing Home Residents Carry MRSA

An emerging study has revealed that infection control must be improved in nursing homes given the significant issues with the spread of the serious, sometimes deadly, <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/mrsa_infections">MRSA The Front Line hd Repo! The Genetic Opera divx (Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) pathogen.

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Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco dvdrip According to Science Daly, one in four nursing home residents carry the dangerous bacteria, citing a study by Queen’s University Belfast and Antrim Area Hospital. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and conclude that better infection control is needed in nursing homes. The study is believed to be the largest of its kind looking at MRSA in private nursing homes in the United Kingdom.

The study team collected nose swabs from 1,111 residents and 553 staff in 45 nursing homes in Northern Ireland’s former Northern Board area, said Science Daily. The team found that 24 percent of residents and seven percent of staff tested were colonized with MRSA, said Science Daily, which explained that while the participants were not presenting with symptom or signs of MRSA, they all carried the bacteria. Overall, said Science Daily, residents at 42 and staff in 28 homes turned up as positive for colonization of MRSA. Recorded rates for residents ranged from zero to 73 percent and zero to 28 percent for staff.

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Professor Carmel Hughes, a Director of Research in the School of Pharmacy, said, “In order to combat this problem, two approaches could be considered: Improved education and training of staff, and removing MRSA from people who are colonised with it, using suitable creams and washes. Further studies looking at these approaches need to be carried out,” quoted Science Daily.

MRSA is carried on the skin or in the nose and can affect others, with MRSA carriers exhibiting no symptoms. MRSA can be dangerous if it reaches the bloodstream or organs, but with early and proper diagnosis—when there is a small eruption on the skin and before MRSA reaches the bloodstream—the infection is easily treated with general-purpose antibiotics, the sore is bandaged and kept clean, and the infection is cured.

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Without treatment or with incorrect diagnosis and treatment, the infection spreads rapidly and can lead to respiratory failure and surgeries, attacking vital organs like the lungs and heart. Survivors are not always returned to their pre-MRSA condition, losing limbs, hearing, and full use of damaged organs. For instance, well-known but not widely publicized, patients surviving MRSA often require amputations to cure infections.

MRSA now has two main strains. The traditional, hospital-acquired MRSA (HA-MRSA), which, said eFluxMedia in an earlier report, is more dangerous due to its overwhelming antibiotic resistance and community-acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA). CA-MRSA originates from strain ST8:USA300 and, while more potent, is a bit easier to treat, often not needing antibiotic therapy. Science Daily explained earlier, that MRSA are Staphylococcus aureus bacteria that are resistant to the meticillin class of antibiotics.

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Hiding Out hd About 100,000 cases of invasive MRSA occur annually in the United States according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and, shockingly, most infections occur in hospitals and other health-care settings. According to research conducted at McGill University Health Center, Montreal, Canada, over 20 percent of its MRSA patients were dead within one year. MRSA, is now considered even more dangerous than previously believed. According to 2005 CDC figures, nearly 19,000 people died in the U.S. from MRSA infections; 94,000 were seriously sickened.

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