Methicillin-Resistant MRSA

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus HCA/240 Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a type of staph bacteria that, as the name suggests, is resistant to a type of antibiotics called beta-lactams. Some examples of these types of antibiotics are methicillin, oxacillin, penicillin, and amoxicillin (Definition of MRSA, 2010). This paper will discuss several aspects of MRSA including: the inflammatory response, transmission and risk factors, treatments, controlling the spread of this disease, and strategies for prevention. MRSA is not a name that many people recognize instantly like the flu or chickenpox, but it is one that once a person experiences it, they will never…show more content…
For HA-MRSA (healthcare-associated MRSA) include residing in long-term care facilities, hospitalization, and invasive medical devices. MRSA is common in nursing homes. Carriers of the disease can spread it, without being sick themselves. Being hospitalized is also a risk factor as MRSA is a concern in hospitals because it can attack the most vulnerable people such as older adults and those with weakened immune systems. Last, having an invasive medical device such as intravenous lines or urinary catheters can act as a pathway for MRSA to enter the body. The risk factors for CA-MRSA (community-associated MRSA) include living in unsanitary or crowded conditions, men having sex with men, and participating in contact sports. There have been outbreaks of MRSA occur in jails, military training camps, and child care centers. Also, homosexual men have a higher risk of developing MRSA infections. Finally, participating in contact sports can easily be spread through abrasions, skin-to-skin contact, and cuts (MRSA infection: Risk factors, 2012). Transmission of MRSA happens through direct contact with someone who is a carrier of the infection, a contaminated object, or someone who has an active infection (MRSA Transmission,…show more content…
Covering cuts and scrapes with a clean bandage will help the wound to heal and it will also prevent the bacteria from being spread. Also, do not touch other people’s wounds or bandages. Do not share personal items such as razors or towels as well. Shared items, such as gym equipment, should be wiped down with antibacterial wipes before and after use. Another way to help kill bacteria is by drying clothes, sheets, and towels in a dryer instead of letting them air dry (Understanding MRSA Prevention, 2012). Washing your hands, as previously stated, is very important. People should scrub their hands for a minimum of 15 seconds, dry their hands with a disposable towel, and use a towel to turn the faucet off. Hand sanitizer should also be used when access to soap and water is not available (MRSA infection: Prevention,

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