Navigation Links
1 in 4 nursing home residents carry MRSA
Date:6/4/2009

MRSA is a major problem in nursing homes with one in four residents carrying the bacteria, a study by Queen's University Belfast and Antrim Area Hospital has found.

Its authors say that the findings, which have been published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, highlight the need for infection control strategies to be given a higher priority in nursing homes.

The study, thought to be the largest of its kind studying MRSA in private nursing homes in the UK, took nose swabs from 1,111 residents and 553 staff in 45 nursing homes in the former Northern Board area of Northern Ireland.

Twenty-four per cent of residents and 7 per cent of staff were found to be colonised with MRSA, meaning they were carrying the bacteria but not necessarily showing signs of infection or illness.

Residents in 42 of the homes were colonised with MRSA, with recorded rates in individual nursing homes ranging from zero to 73 per cent.

Staff in 28 of the homes carried the bacteria with prevalence rates ranging from zero to 28 per cent.

Dr Paddy Kearney, Consultant Medical Microbiologist with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, said: "We decided to carry out the study after noticing an apparent increase in recent years in the number of patients who had MRSA when they were admitted to hospital from nursing homes.

"In hospitals routine checks are carried out to identify those most at risk of MRSA colonisation (carrying it on their skin and/or nose) and infection control policies are put in place but this is not always feasible in private nursing homes."

Dr Michael Tunney, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacy, from Queen's University's School of Pharmacy, said: "This is the first study which has reported prevalence of MRSA among staff in nursing homes in the UK and found that staff need to be more aware of the potential problem MRSA can be in this setting."

Professor Carmel Hughes, a Director
'/>"/>

Contact: Andrea Clements
a.clements@qub.ac.uk
44-289-097-5391
Queen's University Belfast
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Exclusive Marketplace for Nursing Professionals Launched by Nurses Service Organization
2. Nursing Home Consumer, Workforce Satisfaction Reaches New Highs
3. March of Dimes Announces Nursing Scholarship Recipients
4. National Pharmacy Omnicare Pays 'Unusual' Settlement to Resolve Charges of Generic Drug Switching in Delaware Nursing Homes, Resulting From 'Qui Tam' Lawsuit
5. AMD Global Telemedicine Inc., Proud to Announce Diane Castelli, Chair of the American Telemedicine Association's (ATA) Telehealth Nursing Special Interest Group (SIG)
6. Hard Times for Nursing Hires Doesnt Signal End to Shortage According to California Institute for Nursing & Health Care
7. The T SystemEV(R) Featured in Journal of Emergency Nursing Paper on Successful EDIS Implementation
8. Texas-Based Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers to Pay U.S. $4 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations
9. Western Governors University Offers Two New Masters Degrees in Nursing
10. Nursing assistant workforce facing financial, health challenges
11. Palomar Pomerado Health System Achieves National Recognition for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/28/2015)... February 28, 2015 In a recent ... of Game Change Athlete Development Services ... about the benefits of athlete development and player engagement ... the unique challenges that athletes face and how off-field ... success. , Fletcher became involved in athlete development issues ...
(Date:2/28/2015)... With their commitment to achieving physical results and ... to their already robust library of oblique exercises. “Rope ... as, is often performed on a stationary piece of ... relatively safe manner and can be performed by individuals ... of “Rope Pulls” is located in the oblique exercises ...
(Date:2/28/2015)... 2015 The Classic Denture Center ... new special. Throughout all of March patients can ... This service can help overall mouth health ... Patients may notice certain symptoms that suggest the denture ... symptoms include: , 1.    Pain, clicking, and popping in the ...
(Date:2/28/2015)... Mew and Company, a Vancouver corporate ... provide business consulting services in addition to a variety ... and succession planning. Company finances are a complicated matter ... top of this, complex Canadian tax laws can make ... a result, Mew and Company works to advise their ...
(Date:2/28/2015)... February 28, 2015 Indosoft Inc ... suite for Asterisk, are pleased to announce the development ... 5.7 and 5.8 versions of Q-Suite, this new version ... a number of new features to the leading edge ... , Q-Suite 5.9 will add features to enhance security ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:SCI TV Covers Athlete Development with Duncan Fletcher 2Health News:SCI TV Covers Athlete Development with Duncan Fletcher 3Health News:Classic Denture Center in Portland Oregon is Offering March Discount 2Health News:Vancouver Corporate Tax Accountants Now Provide Business Consulting Services 2Health News:Indosoft Proudly Announces Q-Suite 5.9 Call Center Software for Asterisk 2
... The American Thoracic Society has released new official ... idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The statement replaces ATS ... in the epidemiology, etiology, diagnosis and management of ... pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies and palliative care. , ...
... HealthDay Reporter , THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) ... scanners that emit radiation are tiny, experts say, but disagreement ... mass of travelers who pass through them every year. ... of Radiology , radiation experts David J. Brenner and ...
... cartilage implants created using stem cells can only be ... measure before the almost inevitable need for total joint ... are investigating the possibilities of a biologically-engineered synthetic liquid ... by offering a one stop, permanent solution. ...
... to hospital patients, coordinating and providing direct care and delivering it ... that each of its patient-care units has an adequate number of ... of hours nurses work known as the "target level" ... of patients and their need for care. Too many nurses can ...
... HealthDay Reporter , WEDNESDAY, March 16 (HealthDay News) ... a large hospital, more patients died, a new study discovered. ... nursing shortages and cost-cutting, in that the focus should shift ... research, appearing in the March 17 issue of the ...
... HealthDay Reporter , WEDNESDAY, March 16 (HealthDay ... the nuclear complex in Japan did manage to reach ... the unfolding disaster across the Pacific Ocean will make ... of any radioactive plume reaching the United States are ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:ATS issues joint statement on the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis 2Health News:ATS issues joint statement on the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis 3Health News:ATS issues joint statement on the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis 4Health News:Not Even Experts Agree on Safety of Airport Scanners 2Health News:Not Even Experts Agree on Safety of Airport Scanners 3Health News:Liquid biomaterials take stem cell therapy to new level 2Health News:Risk of hospital patient mortality increases with nurse staffing shortfalls, study finds 2Health News:Risk of hospital patient mortality increases with nurse staffing shortfalls, study finds 3Health News:When Nurse Staffing Drops, Mortality Rates Rise: Study 2Health News:Radiation From Japan's Nuke Disaster Unlikely to Threaten U.S., Experts Say 2Health News:Radiation From Japan's Nuke Disaster Unlikely to Threaten U.S., Experts Say 3Health News:Radiation From Japan's Nuke Disaster Unlikely to Threaten U.S., Experts Say 4
(Date:2/27/2015)... 27, 2015  PTC Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ... a transformative year for PTC. We are now a ... RNA-targeted therapies in the rare disease space," stated Stuart ... "We are proud to bring the first treatment for ...
(Date:2/27/2015)... -- Bionik Laboratories Corp. (OTC:DWTPD), a Delaware ... Bionik Laboratories, Inc., a Toronto ... accredited investors of units consisting of its common stock ... million. Shares of the Company,s common stock will continue ... symbol "DWTPD" until FINRA,s approval of the ticker "BNKL." ...
(Date:2/26/2015)... DALLAS , February 27, 2015 ... Review, H2 2014 market research report to its ... the Corneal Ulcers, therapeutic pipeline. The ... information on the therapeutic development for Corneal Ulcers. ... infections that includes bacterial infections, viral infections & ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:PTC Therapeutics Reports Fourth Quarter and 2014 Full Year Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update 2PTC Therapeutics Reports Fourth Quarter and 2014 Full Year Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update 3PTC Therapeutics Reports Fourth Quarter and 2014 Full Year Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update 4PTC Therapeutics Reports Fourth Quarter and 2014 Full Year Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update 5PTC Therapeutics Reports Fourth Quarter and 2014 Full Year Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update 6PTC Therapeutics Reports Fourth Quarter and 2014 Full Year Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update 7PTC Therapeutics Reports Fourth Quarter and 2014 Full Year Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update 8PTC Therapeutics Reports Fourth Quarter and 2014 Full Year Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update 9PTC Therapeutics Reports Fourth Quarter and 2014 Full Year Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update 10PTC Therapeutics Reports Fourth Quarter and 2014 Full Year Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update 11Bionik Laboratories Raises $6.2 Million 2Bionik Laboratories Raises $6.2 Million 3Corneal Ulcers Therapeutics Companies and Drugs Pipeline H2 2014 Review Research Report 2Corneal Ulcers Therapeutics Companies and Drugs Pipeline H2 2014 Review Research Report 3Corneal Ulcers Therapeutics Companies and Drugs Pipeline H2 2014 Review Research Report 4Corneal Ulcers Therapeutics Companies and Drugs Pipeline H2 2014 Review Research Report 5
... a national reference laboratory and a worldwide ... ARUP offers an extensive test menu of ... clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned by the ... more than half of the nation's university ...
... is a national reference laboratory and a ... development. ARUP offers an extensive test menu ... in clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned by ... include more than half of the nation's ...
... Laboratories is a national reference laboratory and ... and development. ARUP offers an extensive test ... tests in clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned ... clients include more than half of the ...
... is a national reference laboratory and a ... development. ARUP offers an extensive test menu ... in clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned by ... include more than half of the nation's ...
Medicine Products: