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Knowing the dangers of MRSA when in a hospital or health facility

It's bad enough when a person in New York has to enter the hospital for any reason, but a medical issue -- no matter how seemingly innocuous -- can turn very serious if hospital-acquired infections cause a person to become ill or die. One particular infection that can occur is MRSA. This is a staph infection that resists a large number of antibiotics administered to combat it. If it happens in the hospital, it can lead to infections in the blood or a surgical site and pneumonia. Understanding the facts is important when recognizing the problem and knowing what to do after it happens.

MRSA can happen because of hospital negligence such as when a healthcare worker whose hands have been contaminated touches an infected wound. Those who are carrying it often don't have signs of it, leading to its spread. MRSA won't be discovered unless there are tests conducted in a laboratory. The doctor examining the patient suspected of having been infected must take a culture to determine whether or not it is MRSA.

According to studies, approximately 33 percent of people are carrying staph in their nose. In many instances, these people are not ill. Out of every 100 people, two have MRSA. No data is available as to the number of people who acquire it through skin infections out of the hospital setting. While recent information has shown that MRSA acquired in a healthcare facility is on the decline, it is still highly dangerous when it does happen.

MRSA is believed to be preventable if healthcare workers follow the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That, however, doesn't always happen. A person who is infected with MRSA because of hospital negligence or errors needs to understand that they could be faced with an extended hospital stay and the accompanying medical bills. There's even the chance of long-term damage or death. If this is suspected to have caused illness or death, it's important that it be investigated fully. For help, a victim or the family of a victim should discuss the matter with a legal professional experienced in personal injury cases.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "General Information About MRSA in Healthcare Settings," accessed on Jan. 31, 2015

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