How Do You Get MRSA?

If you have ever received the news from a doctor that someone close to you has contracted the MRSA virus, I’m sure you felt several waves of emotion coming at you at once.  Your questions came faster than you could speak.  What is MRSA?  How serious is it?  How do you treat it?  Can it be cured?  How do you get MRSA?

MRCA is mysterious, relentless, and yes–very serious.  Fortunately,discovering new and more effective MRSA treatment and prevention methods are high on the “to do lists” of leading medical researchers.  There is some good news…

A simple nasal swap before surgery can be an extremely well spent 20 dollars:

Protection From MRSA? Stick It Up Your Nose – Healthline

Protection From MRSA? Stick It Up Your NoseHealthlineHer team responded to a call by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to find a better way to prevent surgical-site infections. The HHS and the Office of Veterans Affairs are fundi …

If you are going into the hospital, there are actually quite a few precautions you can take to keep from getting MRSA:

Drs. Oz and Roizen: Protecting against hospital infections – Online Athens

Drs. Oz and Roizen: Protecting against hospital infectionsOnline AthensSome hospitals say this can reduce a patient’s chances of becoming infected with drug-resistant bacterial strains of vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), methicillin-resistant …

Read this study for a more technical discussion about the best way hospitals can bring their “super bug” numbers way down:

To Prevent MRSA In Hospitals, Don’t Prevent Only MRSA – Wired

CBS NewsTo Prevent MRSA In Hospitals, Don’t Prevent Only MRSAWiredPractically since the multi-drug resistant bacterium MRSA became a public health issue in the 1960s, health care has been arguing over how best to prevent its spread — particularly in …

 

MRSA is a cruel joke for families whose loved one spends days and weeks recovering well from surgery, a sickness, or an injury only to find out that they now must battle the super bug that has not met an antibiotic it cannot defeat.  Asking, “How do you get MRSA?” may just save your life or the lives of those you love most.