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Hospital Infections Like MRSA Affect The New Arrivals More

Research suggests that 25% of the MRSA infections in the hospital happen in patients who have been admitted newly to the hospital. The research was published in the latest issue of BMJ// online. ... ..The bacterium can infect many sites; one serious form of infection is that in which blood stream infection occurs (bacteremia). A UK national surveillance scheme counts MRSA bacteremia by hospital...

The MRSA Superbug May Yet Be Overcome

Scientists in Scotland have discovered that an ordinary kitchen sponge can play a prominent role in destroying MRSA superbug, which is capable of resisting many // antibiotics. It has already claimed several thousand lives. One single brand of the kitchen-scouring pad alone contains the cure to this on its surface. ....The antibiotic, according to reports can be grown on one particular kitchen s...

Detecting MRSA Is No More A Problem

Dr Stephen Harbarth, at Geneva University Hospital, tested the new technique of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) detection assay on critically ill patients. ..He said that it could reduce // the incidence of these infections. It would also reduce the money spent in order to deal with these bacteria. This technique checks for the presence of the bacteria DNA in the patient swabs...

New screening test for MRSA could reduce infections and costs

A team of researchers led by Dr Stephen Harbarth have claimed that a new screening test for MRSA could prove to be useful in reducing the // infection rates in hospitals and cut down the £1 billion-a-year cost incurred by the NHS in dealing with the bug. ..The new test tracks the presence of the "superbug's" DNA in patient swabs. The researchers said that this test was able to reduce the time n...

Rise in Deaths Rates Due To MRSA

The National Statistics department said that there is a sudden rise in the death rates due the people suffering from MRSA, the so-called hospital superbug. // According to the latest figures MRSA is now six times more likely to be a factor in the deaths of people in National Health Service (NHS) hospitals. A total of 1,168 people had MRSA recorded on their death certificate as a principal cause o...

Patient Refuses To Be Treated In Local Hospital Due To The Fear Of Contracting MRSA

Statistics show that the number of deaths linked to Multidrug Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the northwest has doubled in the past four years//. Patients are refusing to undergo a surgery due to this infection. On such case is that of a widow Freda Geldard, 63 who refuses to be operated due to the fear of acquiring MRSA. She says that she will travel to Bradford, West Yorks, to be tre...

Health Authorities Take Step to Control MRSA Infection

The National Public Health Service for Wales published, figures for rates of serious bloodstream infections caused by bugs, including MRSA. This step is taken to assure// the public that all measures are carefully taken by the health officials to protect the public. John Wardell, 76, a former theatre manager acquired MRSA infection after a hip replacement operation at Abergele Hospital in 2003....

Super-bug MRSA Getting Fitter And Out of Control

MRSA (Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) is a bacteria resistant to certain antibiotics. This bacteria occurs frequently in patients who suffer //from weakened immune systems, especially in hospitals and nursing homes and is known to spread because of poor hygiene. ....Countries like the Netherlands, Sweden, and Norway, where MRSA has been relatively low and stable for many years are now...

Rise In MRSA Infections May Imply System Failure In NHS: Study

The reason the MRSA superbug is so prevalent is because hospitals in England are so overcrowded, says a new study published in the British Journal of Nursing//. The study found that more than three-quarters of hospitals in the country has in excess of the permissible 82 percent bed occupancy rates with a third of the trusts exceeding 81 percent. ....Researchers from the University of Ulster said...

MRSA Causes Man To Face Prospect Of Losing Leg

Sandy Davidson, who was being treated for a bowel complaint, now faces the risk of losing his leg after he caught the MRSA superbug in the hospital. // His left foot became infected when he was being treated, but nurses told him it was nothing. He was sent home, but returned four months later only to learn that gangrene had set in. ...."I've been told I'm on the point of losing my leg. I feel re...

Community-associated MRSA: Most Common Cause Of Skin Infection

In a study published in the August issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, UCLA researchers have reported methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) to be// the most common cause of skin and soft tissue infection in communities across the nation. Many patients presenting to the emergency room with skin and soft tissue infections were found to be having MRSA infection that was resis...

MRSA, Scarier than SARS or Bird Flu

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, or MRSA, a type of bacteria resistant to treatment, is becoming a potential threat to public health; it spreads through// direct contact and can spark off skin infections in normal healthy people. ....This infection is thought to be dormant in nearly 2.3 million Americans with no apparent signs of sickness, which makes it all the more crucial to ide...

Babies at Hospital found to Carry Super bug MRSA

Four babies being treated at the Royal Blackburn Hospital were found to have traces of the superbug MRSA on their skin, during routine tests.// ....Since then the children have been put in isolation. At the time the babies were being treated in the neonatal intensive care unit. Health officials have said that none of these children became ill as a result of the MRSA. ....Admissions to the Neona...

MRSA - more prevalent than ever

Drug-resistant staph infections have affected more than 50% of the patients with skin lesions coming to US emergency rooms. The doctors are also not following the norms to// prescribe the right antibiotic. ..Doctors are advised to culture the infection before prescribing antibiotics but most of them just assume that the staph strain causing the infection will be susceptible to routine antibiotic...

MRSA Fast Becoming The Leading Cause Of Skin Infections

A new study that has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine states that skin infections are more than ever becoming resistant to drugs// . ....Gregory Moran the lead author of the study, who is with the Olive View-UCLA Medical Centre, says, “MRSA, has become the leading cause of such infections seen in hospital emergency rooms.” He further mentioning that, it now accounts for 59%...

MRSA Linked with Rise in Bacterial Infections

Two bacterial muscle infections have been found to be common in tropical countries along with the emergence of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus// aureus (CA-MRSA), according to researchers in Houston, Texas whose study was published in the Oct. 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, now available online. ....Staphylococcus aureus, or staph, is a common bacterium found...

Alarming increase of MRSA cases in children

A potentially fatal type of MRSA affecting almost double the number of babies and children, as compared to previous years statistics, has raised concerns in medical circles//. ....The Health Protection Agency has shown that almost 150 children were down with a virulent form of blood infection, spurred by the super bug from NHS hospitals. 75% of the affected children were not even a year old; it...

Super Bug MRSA, in for a Dressing Down

The spread of MRSA has baffled experts and in a new move to contain the spread, NHS trust has brought about a ruling that forbids Doctors//, and staff of hospitals, especially those discharging clinical care, to wear any ‘unnecessary’ clothing and accessories- ties, scarves, wraps, watches, jewelry and the like. ....The rules have been set into action by the Brighton and Sussex University Hospit...

CA-MRSA, a Tough Bug to Trap

Super bug or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or CA-MRSA was thought to emerge predominantly// from the hospitals, but if current statistics are anything to go by, the bug appears to have patronized day care centers, and play grounds, which has resulted in an upsurge of infection in the US, threatening to spill over into Canada as well. ....Lately infections have been on the rise am...

Tea Tree Oil-containing Beauty Products may Contribute to MRSA Increase

Next time you reach for a cosmetic that contains tea tree oil, give a second thought. You may unwittingly // be giving a boost to ‘bad’ microorganisms- to evolve into stronger, tougher ones. ..So says a research published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy and led by professor David McDowell of the University of Ulster. .. Accordingly, the scientists who grew bacteria such MRSA, E....

MRSA Threats Due to Overcrowding

It has been reported that in the hospitals run by NHS trusts, more and more people are at a risk of contracting MRSA due to overcrowding//. According to the Daily Telegraph, the bed occupancy rates in these hospitals are much above the Government’s recommended level. ..Norman Lamb, the health spokesman of the Liberal Democrats said that if the hospitals are crowded, it becomes an uphill task to...

Trial Run of Copper to Combat MRSA

Copper the pinkish red metal, which was in use even in ancient civilizations, is now been increasingly considered in modern day //hospital settings. .. Scientists of the NHS who are trying to root out MRSA and other superbugs, which are taking over many hospitals across U.K, are planning to put the anti- bacterial properties of this metal to use. ..Selly Oaks hospital in Birmingham, which is...

Better Risk Management Could Cut MRSA Infection Rates

The larger and busier an NHS hospital is, the higher the MRSA infection rate, research from// the Nottingham University Business School has revealed. ....The impact of risk management standards on the frequency of MRSA infections in NHS hospitals study looked at how demanding risk management standards imposed by hospital insurers — and the premium discounts offered if these rigorous standards a...

Maggots Rid Patients of MRSA

University of Manchester researchers are ridding diabetic patients of the superbug MRSA - by treating their foot ulcers// with maggots. ....Professor Andrew Boulton and his team used green bottle fly larvae to treat 13 diabetic patients whose foot ulcers were contaminated with MRSA and found all but one were cured within a mean period of three weeks, much quicker than the 28-week duration for th...

MRSA, the Super Bug Spreading to Urban Poor in US

The incidence of drug-resistant staph infections has risen almost seven-fold in some Chicago neighborhoods , according to a new study. ...Researchers said the superbugs, first seen mainly in hospitals and nursing homes, is now spreading to urban poor settlements. The strain has turned up recently among athletes, prisoners and people who get illegal tattoos. ...It is a type of infection caused by...

Super-oxidised Water Found Effective Against MRSA

Oculus, a Californian firm has claimed to have developed super-oxidised water, which speeds up healing of a wound . ......The water, which is made by passing it through a salt membrane that generates the oxychlorine ions, kills bacteria, virus and fungi. ......The company claims that the solution is effective against Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). ......We would welcome any...

Maggots Rid Patients of MRSA

University of Manchester researchers are ridding diabetic patients of the superbug MRSA - by treating their foot ulcers with maggots. ......Professor Andrew Boulton and his team used green bottle fly larvae to treat 13 diabetic patients whose foot ulcers were contaminated with MRSA and found all but one were cured within a mean period of three weeks, much quicker than the 28-week duration for t...
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