The bacteria staphylococcus aureus, or staph, causes “staph infections” and other forms of very damaging, contagious infections. Unfortunately, some strains of staph have developed antibiotic resistance over the years, too, making it hard to treat. This includes MRSA.
MRSA spreads very quickly when given the chance, and nursing homes often suffer from large swaths of the population falling ill in tandem. It is important to place your loved one in the care of a facility that knows how to control infections and keep them from raging through the population.
How does MRSA spread?
EOS discusses the most common infections that spread through nursing homes. MRSA spreads through contact with dressings, sheets and clothing of the infected people. Those suffering from MRSA infections need to stay quarantined, and those who treat and see to the patient must wear gowns, gloves and protective masks within the quarantine room. Upon exiting, they must remove and then discard these items.
This is due to the fact that staph lingers on the skin of healthy individuals. While outside the body, it does not cause any problems. However, if it enters the body through a sore, scratch or cut, it can cause numerous issues. Since MRSA resists treatment of antibiotics, it serves as a particularly notorious health threat to the elderly, who already suffer from a compromised immune system and likely additional health issues.
Getting quick treatment
MRSA requires quick treatment. Infection under the skin can cause bone, blood and tissue infection leading to kidney failure, sepsis, gangrene, endocarditis and even death. Thus, it is crucial for nursing homes to recognize the potential signs so they can act fast.