Hirra Ahmad

Topics: Staphylococcus aureus, Bacteria, Skin Pages: 3 (710 words) Published: January 22, 2013
Case study 1
Case study-outbreak of MRSA in a neonatal hospital unit

4P: explain possible priorities and responses when dealing with two particular incidents or emergencies in a health and social care setting.

3M: explain why it is important to maintain respect and dignity when responding to incidents and emergencies.

2D: Justify the need to review policies and procedures following critical incidents.


Neonatal means new-born it’s a specialised unit for premature babies who have not fully developed yet because they are born way too early.

The article is a case study based on a neonatal unit in a hospital in Lancashire. The neonatal unit have been shut down due to an MRSA outbreak which affected six babies from which five only had only bacteria on the surface of the skin whereas one baby had an MRSA bloodstream infection.

I will investigate how they dealt with the situation with regards to priorities and responses and also well maintain respect and dignity of those included. It is an critical incident because as it affected the six babies there are more people who have been affected because they were either workers, visitors or patients as all of them are on risk off carrying the bacteria all of them have to come back in to get screened and checked.

The neonatal unit was shut down and they spoke to parents of the babies to keep them up to date the hospital will not accept any new babies or patients onto the unit who are supposed to give birth or are in labour until doctors and nurses are 100% satisfied that there is no risk and the unit is clear of MRSA. They dealt with it very well as the health of the babies and the patients was their priority however they could have dealt with it a bit faster and warn people earlier because the impact they had on staff was that they think that it’s their fault of carrying poor hygiene and there are chances of losing their job.

As mothers were already very depressed because their babies were...
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