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Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus

About 1.2 million US hospitalized patients are infected with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) in a year and abut 119000 patients may die from the bacterium.

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology conducted a research about the virulent staph infection which is antibiotic resistant. The research has surveyed about 10000 nurses and doctors, 1200 health care facilities that are the 21 percent of nationwide facilities, and about 8000 patients from each state were studied.

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The results of research are disappointing: 46.3 of every 1000 patients had active MRSA. Previously in 2005, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a similar research and estimated 3.9 of every 1000 patients infected. This means, that infection rate in 2007 is 11 times higher than in 2005.

"This is a wakeup call that hospital administrators should understand the importance of this problem," said Dr. William Jarvis, the report author. "Not only did we find MRSA in all states in all facilities, but 66 percent of it was on the medical service, which runs counter to previous beliefs that most MRSA was in intensive care units."

This causes huge problem to hospitalized patients, who used to feel safe at hospitals, but now, if they suffer from any disease and need to go to a health facility, they are under risk of MRSA. Patients must be sure that healthcare workers strongly follow infection control procedures.

But the professionals, who are responsible for healthcare services, must take serious measures to prevent infection spread. First of all the patients at risk of MRSA must be identified and properly treated. Those, who are already hospitalized, must be isolated from other patients, and healthcare workers must properly follow disinfecting measures to prevent bacteria spread.

The other problem is how doctors can fight the infection. More and more germs become resistant to antibiotics that are known as the best bacteria killers, and MRSA is a good example of it. Antibiotics are very powerful and we can't let them become useless. by Ruzan Harutyunyan for eMaxHealth.com