Methicillin-Resistant MRSA

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

Part 1: Person, Place, Time Inside the U.S.
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Research by Pantosti and Venditti (2009) supports that Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or better known as MRSA, is an infectious disease that is spread through skin-to-skin contact (touching). It is highly spread within a hospital environment in which most patients that are susceptible to the “staph” germ have come to seek treatment for something else or for the infection itself. In which the Doctors, nurses or other health care providers that can touch an infected patient and then handle an uninfected patient might assist in the transfer of MRSA. Or cross contamination from sheets pillows blankets anything that the infected open wound or skin cells can rub against and then come into contact with a open wound on an uninfected person (Venditti & Pantosti, 2009).
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During this era, S. aureus infection commonly caused painful skin and soft tissue conditions such as boils, scalded-skin syndrome, impetigo” (p.49). In the 1940’s with the introduction of Penicillin which is an antibiotic that could treat MRSA medical treatment of the infection became routine. The first human case of MRSA was reported in 1968 and since then as MRSA (which it is known for) has become resistant to almost all of the traditional antibiotics used such as penicillin (Holm, Norrby, Bergholm & Norgrenin, 1992, p.36). Over the years we have noticed that MRSA is the highest danger because the “staph” germ naturally goes through bacterial evolution and the overuse of antibiotics has helped the microbes become resistant to drugs designed to help these infections (Fluit et al., 2013,
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