Is MRSA Invading Your Home?
Posted on behalf of Gordon & Partners on Jul 29, 2014 in Medical Malpractice
Although MRSA is often thought to be found only in hospitals, the superbug could actually be threatening your home.
If you or someone you love has acquired an infection after a stay at a local hospital, the victim may be entitled to compensation for damages. A recent expose by a local newspaper revealed that dozens of hospital-acquired infections had been reported in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. The skilled medical malpractice lawyers at Gordon & Partners can help you determine what your legal rights are.
The World Health Organization (WHO) considers antimicrobial resistance an unusual public health threat. WHO also notes that people infected with MRSA are 64 percent more likely to die than people with a non-resistant form of the infection. It is believed that one in 50 people carry MRSA and a new study suggests that the superbug could live right in your home.
According to a study conducted by the Columbia University Medical Center in New York and published in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, homes are major reservoirs of a strain of MRSA called USA3000 a common cause of community MRSA infections across the U.S.
What makes these findings daunting is that the MRSA cant just be treated, the actual colonization of the superbug needs to be removed from the home.
A person may be exposed to MRSA during a hospital stay and then spread it unknowingly in their home, at the gym or even at a school. MRSA can survive for up to three months on a number of different surfaces, from remote controls to doorknobs to light switches.
To protect yourself and your family from a MRSA infection:
- Keep wounds covered and clean
- Do not share personal items such as razors or sports equipment
- Clean and disinfect high-traffic areas, such as remote controls and counter tops
- Hand hygiene is the best way to protect yourself from an infection, especially at a hospital
- Use hot water and wash bedding and clothes
Symptoms of MRSA include fever, chills, low blood pressure and joint pain.
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