Prevention of Infection
MRSA also known as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. MRSA is the term is used to describe a number of strains of the bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus, that are resistant to a number of antibiotics, including methicillin, though you are probably still wondering what is Staphylococcus aureus?
| Staphylococcus Aureus is a group of bacteria that live on the surface of people's skin and inside the nose. It is normally harmless: most people who are carrying it are totally unaware that they have it. In fact, it is thought that up to 30% of the general UK population carries these bacteria in their nose or on their skin (Nordqvist, 2012). Problems occur if MRSA bacteria are able to enter the body through a cut or wound. Although most people are able to fight off MRSA, there are still some that can’t. People with weakened immune systems or who have undergone surgery can develop more serious problems. In more vulnerable people, Staphylococcus aureus bacteria have been known to cause boils, abscesses, impetigo, septic wounds, heart-valve problems and toxic shock syndrome. In extreme cases, it can result in death (Nordqvist, 2012). How do you know if you have MRSA? MRSA is easy to recognize. Some signs of MRSA are; On the skin, MRSA infection may begin as a reddish rash with lesion(s) that looks like a pimple or small boil. Often it progresses to an open, inflamed area of skin that may weep pus or drain other similar fluid. In some instances, it may appear as an abscess, a swollen, tender area, often with reddish skin covering. When the abscess is cut open or spontaneously bursts open, pus drains from the area (Stöppler, 2012). MRSA is very easily transmittable. Even though MRSA is easy to get. It is also easy to prevent, here are some ways to do so; * Cover your wounds * Clean your hands * Do Not share personal items * Maintain clean environment. *...
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