Better Hand Washing - The Key to Lowering Infection
MRSA can present differently in individual patients. According to the CDC researchers, although most patients only develop a skin infection or a boil-like mark, others can be plagued by an invasive form of the infection that can invade and the patient's skin, bones, blood-stream and lungs. This form can result in death. Those patients more at risk of MRSA include those with open-wounds, invasive devices, or weakened immune systems. If you are a patient at a hospital, make sure to ask your doctor to wash his hands if you haven't seen him do so. It could be the key to preventing you from developing a case of MRSA.
I think it is wonderful that instances of MRSA infections has dramatically decreased. I am also delighted that doctors and nurses are taking more time to do thorough hand-washing before and after treating patients, and that hospitals are testing patients for MRSA during the hospital admission process. A legal assistant that works for me once worked in the Department of Infection Control at her local hospital over ten years ago. One of her assigned tasks was to implement a study to measure whether or not physicians were following hand-washing protocol that was in place. She was disgusted to find that less than 20% of the physicians she observed were following the protocol and reported to her supervisor that changes must be put in place immediately. I am sure that this new report would make her smile, as well as put a smile on her supervisor's face. I applaud the medical community for fighting to combat the bacteria that causes these infections and hope that they continue their efforts.