Wednesday, March 26, 2014

There are a growing number of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, cases in the United States. Dr. Edward Hill discusses MRSA and some precautions you should take to prevent it, in todays 60 second housecall.

Dr. Hill:

MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. There are two types of MRSA infection: hospital-associated and community-associated.

Community-acquired MRSA happens when people get this staph infection in the community. Unfortunately, the number of community-acquired infections is dramatically increasing.

Many of the hospitalized patients have MRSA on their skin when they enter the hospital. This may be especially true if they have been hospitalized within the past year and have been taking multiple antibiotics.

Normal wounds heal over time, but staph infections usually require drainage of the bacteria and antibiotic treatment.

The main mode of transmission of MRSA to other patients is through human hands.

To prevent the spread of MRSA in hospitals, both staff and visitors should take these precautions.

Dont visit a hospitalized patient unless absolutely necessary. Send a card, email or make a telephone call.

Wash your hands when entering and leaving a hospital room, and

Do not visit or care for a patient if you have skin infections such as boils or draining wounds.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.