Grand Canyon University
Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, MRSA, is a common infection in a lot of hospitals, nursing homes, and among those with weak immune systems. MRSA infections are mostly non-life threatening but can be fatal if left untreated due to its resistance to antibiotics commonly used. Even a healthy person can be a “carrier” and not be infected. To aid in the prevention of MRSA infection, hands should be washed using soap and water or cleansed with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Wounds need to be covered with clean bandages. Personal items like towels or razors should not be shared, and clothes should be dried in a dryer rather than air dry, (CDC, 2010). In doing this, patients often feel that they have less contact with medical staff, treatment times are rushed, and communication is decreased. These patients have emotional state of isolation and misery. The staff tends to feel frustrated when having to put on the isolation gowns, the gloves, and carry supplies specific to that patient each time they enter the room. This process takes more time from an already busy schedule. Isolation methods are proving to deter the spread of infection but it also needs to acknowledge that there are possibly unpleasant results when isolating the patient. The study, “Patient experience of source isolation: Lessons for clinical practice”, help expose the concerns, processes, effects and ethical distresses for isolation patients with MRSA.
Because MRSA infections were spreading at an alarming rate, the healthcare providers had to come up with different paths to halt the succession of transmission. The first means to halt the succession was to place the infected individual on isolation with contact precautions. The main goal is to control and prevent the spread of the infection. (Barratt, 2011). As advocates for the isolation patient, this
References: Barratt, R. S. (2011). Patient experience of source isolation: Lessons for clinical practice. Contemporary Nurse: A Journal For The Australian Nursing Profession, 39(2), 180-193. Retrieved September 14, 2014 Personal MRSA Prevention | MRSA Infections. (n.d.). Retrieved September 14, 2014, from Center for Disease Control and Prevention : http://www.cdc.gov/mrsa/prevent/personal.html Skyman, E. S. (2010). Patients ' experiences of being infected with MRSA at a hospital and subsequently source isolated . Scandinavian Journal Of Caring Sciences, 24(1), 101-107. doi:doi:10.1111/j.1471-6712.2009.00692.x