MRSA is highly contagious and a mutated form of staph bacteria. It is very restiant to many antibiotics. Some of the frightening consequences can include pneumonia, bloodstream infections and complications from wounds. Because of the media coverage, there is more awareness of this problem. In the 1930s, methicillin antibiotics were developed for treating staph and other bacterial infections. With the use of antibiotics, there is also the problem of bugs that can resist it that are strong and dangerous to the human body.
MRSA can be transmitted though direct contact with those infected as well as those who may be carriers. It can also be picked up from airborn particles. Minimizing contact with environments that are carriers is important. Also for those with weak immune systems there is greater risk. It is suggested to wash the hands often after being in public settings. If there is any wound or open skin, it’s a good idea to protect it by covering it with a bandage or wrapping. In sports, sometimes this infection can develop and a team member may need to take a few days off from practice for his own safety.
Hospital environments are both a place to treat MRSA as well as to pick it up. Sanitization procedures need to be followed closely by any staff at the hospital.
Sadly, sometimes there is exhaustion and urgency of care needed with patients that can make one overlook this important practice. Remember, that those that are about to begin a surgical procedure or are in recovery, can be quite vulnerable. Conditions such as toxic shock syndrome as well as sepsis can occur with poor management of cleaning the skin. Remember that one can be a carrier if they aren’t infected so take care to use proper hygiene.
Remember that we are a society that uses antibiotics too often.
There is in recent years more caution about this practice now that the recognition of resistance to antibiotics is publicized. When you do need to use an antibiotic for an infection, be sure to take the full course of treatment. To take it for a few days and stop, only creates problems and reistance down the road.
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