Staph Infection 2

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Who is at risk of getting staph infections? You might be surprised where staph infections come from and who gets them. Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look in the 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Up to 30 percent of healthy people in the community carry staph germs on their skin. It is estimated that in one percent of the general population these staph are resistant to antibiotics. There are groups of people who are more likely to harbor these resistant staph germs. These include:

- athletes who congregate in dressing rooms

- military recruits who congregate in barracks

- nursing home residents

- people on dialysis

- those on chronic antibiotic therapy

- people who have been recently hospitalized, and

- those with a weakened immune system

This resistant staph is transmitted to other people by skin to skin contact, crowded living conditions and poor hygiene. Strategies to prevent the spread of this resistant staph include attention to handwashing, cleaning surfaces contaminated with body fluids, and diagnosis and treatment of skin infections.

Some experts have recommended that any patient admitted to the hospital have a culture of the skin inside the nose to check for them bringing in resistant staph germs.

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