Walking into the hospital is always daunting because it’s confusing and not a place people visit under normal circumstances. So when I went to St. Paul’s last week after my grandpa had open heart surgery I tried to be prepared. I looked up maps so I wouldn’t get lost meeting my sister in the hospital and set off with my “Get Well Soon” balloon in tow. The one thing I wasn’t prepared for was the ensuing reality check.
As we began our trek to the cardiac unit, my sister insisted we stop at every hand washing station. No, she doesn’t have obsessive compulsive disorder; she works in a hospital so she knows the importance of maintaining proper hygiene.
Health care professionals are exposed to increasing numbers of patients with MRSA colonization or infection from both acute care and long-term care facilities. As MRSA is estimated to affect tens of thousands of people, costing the health care system $4-5 billion annually, awareness of MRSA and the sources of MRSA transmission has been steadily growing.
It is estimated that between 30-40% of the population are colonized with Staphylococcus aureus. A growing percentage of these people are carriers of an antibiotic resistant strain, generally referred to as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) . MRSA is a type of Gram- Read More