Category Archives: MRSA

Health district looks for funding to control MRSA

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by Paula Levy

BRIDGEWATER – South Shore Health is looking for a little government help to control its MRSA issues.

Over recent months, South Shore Regional Hospital has had two outbreaks of antibiotic-resistant bacteria on its fourth-floor medical unit. In the fall, as many as 20 cases of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) were confirmed. Earlier this month nine patients were reported to have contracted the bacteria on the same unit.

Chief executive officer Alice Leverman said additional funding is required to install more handwashing sinks on the unit and replace some furniture. The bacteria can be spread from direct contact. Therefore, infection control has also reviewed handwashing protocol with staff to ensure proper procedures are being followed. “It”s a variety of pieces that we need to focus on and always, if we have an event like that, the important thing is to review what you”re doing and what you could be doing better to ensure that, to the fullest extent possible, you can prevent that,” said Ms Leverman.

Ms Leverman also noted that more cleaning staff was required since in addition to direct contact, the bacteria can be spread through contact with contaminated surfaces.

“There are also some additional staffing required that we”ve had to put in place that are over and above our budgeted staffing,” said Ms Leverman. “We”ve sent that forward to the Department of Health for their review and consideration.”

Staphylococcus aureus can be found on healthy people and can get into the body and cause infection. But some bacteria develop a resistance to methicillin and other common antibiotics. MRSA is of concern in a health-care setting because the bacteria poses a risk to patients who have a compromised immune system.

Spokeswoman for South Shore Health Barbara Johnson said the source of an MRSA outbreak can be difficult to identify. MRSA is a concern in health care because patients in hospitals are at a greater risk of developing an infection if they come in contact with the bacteria.

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New York High School Confirms Case of MRSA

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Published October 07, 2011 | NewsCore

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. –  A New York high school put its students on alert Thursday after confirming a case of methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, less than a year after one of its wrestling stars was hospitalized for almost a month with the superbug.

The school district of Hauppauge, a town in Long Island’s Suffolk County, issued a health alert to parents and students on Wednesday, the Long Island Press reported.

“Our district has just been notified that there is a confirmed case of MRSA in the High School,” said a letter from Superintendent Patricia Sullivan-Kriss. “In response to this, the district acted upon protocols developed to help guard against the spread of this bacterial infection including sanitizing instructional areas.”

MRSA is a drug-resistant form of a usually harmless common bacterium which can be deadly when it infects wounds. It is often found in hospitals and can be transmitted through contact sports.

The letter urged parents and guardians to remind students to wash their hands frequently, keep cuts and scrapes clean and avoid contact with other students’ wounds or bandages.

In February, 16-year-old student and wrestler Nick Mauriello spent nearly a month in the hospital after he contracted MRSA and a related bacterial infection called Lemierre’s syndrome, the Long Island Press said.

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Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/10/07/new-york-high-school-confirms-case-mrsa/#ixzz1a6jEyAHS

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Come join Bioni USA in Atlanta, Phoenix, & Chicago

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Bioni USA will be at three trade shows to round out the year.  Come join us and ask about our coating solution!

International Dairy Show – Sept. 19th to 21st

Location – Atlanta, Georgia (Booth 320)

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IFMA: International Facility Management Association – Oct. 26th to 27th

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