• Signs of a MRSA Infection

    MRSAMRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureas, is a particularly challenging form of staph bacteria that is being increasingly seen in healthcare facilities across the country. Its rise has been blamed on overuse of antibiotics, which has led to a new line of bacteria to develop a resistance to the methicillin and penicillin-related medications used to treat infections of all kinds. MRSA can live on the skin and in the nose without having any apparent impact on a person’s health, but once it enters the bloodstream through open sores or other methods, it can become extremely serious, and even life-threatening. MRSA poses an extreme problem for nursing homes, where patients are already medically fragile, frequently treated using breathing apparatus and catheters that can be contaminated with MRSA, and vulnerable to bed sores. It is essential that nursing home facilities employ proper infection control measures in order to protect the patients in their care: failure to do so can represent nursing home negligence.

    One of the reasons that MRSA has become such an issue for nursing home residents is that staff members need to be rigorously trained and educated in infection control. Proper measures need to be emphasized and followed, and this can be difficult when a nursing home is understaffed and employees are overworked and dealing with a challenging, medically vulnerable population. One of the most common methods of transmission of MRSA is a lack of proper handwashing and cleaning. The MRSA bacteria can survive on both surfaces and on fabric. This means that when a patient is infected, their entire room and all clinical areas and equipment need to be decontaminated with alcohol and terminal cleaning. Staff members also need to pay close attention to their own personal hygiene, as well as the surfaces of any tools that they use. Neglecting these important steps will carry the bacteria from patient to patient, allowing it to enter the bodies of other patients who may have open wounds or who may use contaminated invasive equipment such as needles, ventilators or catheters.

    If nursing homes fail in these measures or don’t keep MRSA infected patients out of the general population, they risk spreading the bacteria and subjecting patients to infections impacting their skin, soft tissue, bones, and joints. Failure to respond appropriately or to introduce these measures can lead to disastrous results that represent nursing home negligence. If your loved one has been impacted by MRSA, contact Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr today to learn more about your rights.

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