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October is World MRSA Awareness Month

MRSA is a resistant bacterial infection that most often affects hospital patients. It is known as the “superbug” because it is very resistant to typical antibiotics, making it hard to treat. MRSA most often causes serious skin infections, but can also cause infections in the lungs, blood, and urinary tract as well. Unfortunately, those who are in hospitals may be more susceptible to the superbug because of a compromised immune system. Hospital patients are at a higher risk of several medical problems, including MRSA. If you or a loved one has suffered due to MRSA contracted at a hospital, it may be medical malpractice. Contact the experienced attorneys at Levin & Perconti to learn what to do.

MRSA is Serious

MRSA, (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is the bacteria that can cause serious health consequences and may result in death. MRSA must be diagnosed early and aggressive treatment must be started quickly for the best possible outcome. It is a form of Staph infection. MRSA can be easily spread by contact and can get into wounds, feeding tubes, surgical areas, and catheters. It may be more easily contracted by those who are elderly, making it more common in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

MRSA May Be Under-reported

MRSA is quite a serious problem that may actually be under-reported. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the MRSA infections go vastly under-reported here in the United States, as well as around the world. This may, in part, be due to the misdiagnosis of the infection. While MRSA typically requires treatment with strong antibiotics, other infections may be treated with standard medications. In some people, these medications may be enough to treat the infection. In some patients, especially the elderly, MRSA may not be so easily resolved.

World MRSA Awareness

World MRSA Awareness Month is dedicated to helping educate people about MRSA. It brings more awareness to this very real problem including prevention and treatment options. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a bundled, comprehensive approach to MRSA infection control at hospitals and other medical facilities should include:

· Active detection that utilizes rapid testing · Complete adherence to hand hygiene procedures · Isolation of patient · Decontamination of the environment · Use of proper antibiotics
MRSA and Medical Malpractice

Hospitals and nursing facilities are required to provide a high standard of care to their patients. When MRSA is diagnosed, the facility must take immediate action to control the problem and prevent the possible spread of infection. If you or a loved one contracted MRSA at a hospital or nursing home it may be a result of malpractice. If the facility was negligent in providing proper care, you may be able to recover the costs of the medical care and money for pain and suffering. When medical malpractice is a possibility, do not delay.

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