Staph stands for staphylococcus aureus, which is a bacterial that is found on the skin or in the nose. A staph infection can turn deadly if the bacterial gets into the bloodstream, joints, bones, lungs or heart (Mayo Clinic June 2011). This paper will show statistics, deaths, and co-morbidities. It will address the causes of staph infections and assess how hospitals deal with issues. This paper will address the role of risk management and infection control. Lastly, the paper will discuss a personal experience will staph infections.
History of Staph Infection is Evolving
Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) was brought to light in the eighteen eighties, this infection was mainly found in surgical wounds and had the potential to be a serious fatal disease. The medical treatment for S. aureus infections became routine and successful with the discovery and introduction of antibiotic medicine, such as penicillin. Penicillin became the antibiotics of choice for treating S. aureus, however due to the over use of penicillin nearly 95% of all S. aureus strains developed a resistant’s to penicillin. ‘’The strains could easily be transmissible (easily passing between and colonizing both patients and hospital staff) and have the capacity to cause serious disease”. Methicillin was established in the UK and was giving the name Methicillin Resistance Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). MRSA is bacterial that can resist the effects of many common antibiotics, which makes harder to treat.
Causes of Staph/MRSA infections
Six in-a- half years ago I was introduced to MRSA, many of our patients are MRSA. The hardest part of this disease is that parents don’t fully understand how contagious this disease is. The hospital policy for protecting the employee and other patients was very strict. We have to immediately isolate the patient from the other patients and place signage to communicate to the employees that the patient has the MRSA infection and the proper personal protection equipment (PPE) needs to be enforce. I feel that more education needs to be widely communicated about MRSA because of the potential of this deadly disease. During a staff meeting we were shown a short video, a long story short a healthy eighteen-year-old girl died because she contracted a MRSA infection in the hospital. There was a daughter visiting her father who had a MRSA infection. The daughter went to the nurse’s station to ask for another pillow, however she did not take off the gloves she was wearing while in the room with her father. She placed her hands on the nurse’s station; seconds after she left the nurse came from the room of the eighteen –year-old (who had her appendix removed) to let the nurse at the station know she would be changing the IV. The nurse went back to the room and put gloves on and proceeded to change the IV on the young lady, the nurse could not find a vein so she took of one glove and MRSA bacterial from the nurse’s hand was...