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MRSA in Nursing Homes

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MRSA is a major source of illness acquired in nursing homes, yet few studies have looked at how to prevent its spread among elderly residents.  Nursing Home residents are particularly vulnerable because infection with the bug tends to increase with advancing age, close living proximity, multiple medications, pressure sores and catheters all make nursing homes ideal for breeding and spreading MRSA.

Carmel Hughes, a professor of primary care pharmacy at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland, said introducing effective interventions in hospitals might be easier because hospitals have isolation facilities and greater access to infection control expertise.
Infection control is not routinely available in nursing homes.

According to a study done by Queen’s University Belfast and Antrim Area Hospitals looked at MRSA infections in private nursing homes.  Out of 1,111 residents and 553 staff in 45 nursing homes in Northern Ireland, overall 24 percent of residents and 7 percent of staff were colonised with MRSA.  In some nursing homes the rates of MRSA were up to 73 percent.

Please read the articles below to learn more about MRSA in nursing homes

MRSA and Staph Infection (Staff and Golden Staph) Symptoms and Treatment

Guideline for Controlof Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (Mrsa) In Long Term Care Facilities

MRSA in Nursing Homes Needs Attention

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