Isolate patients with MRSA21st November 2006
Patients with the MRSA superbug will be treated in special isolation wards under new government plans.
The guidance - Screening for MRSA Colonisation - includes screening all elderly people admitted to hospitals from nursing homes. Patients booked in for high risk operations such as hip replacements will also be screened.
Those identified with the infection will have to use special antibacterial shampoo, shower gels and creams and be isolated to prevent infection to other patients.
The government said tackling Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) is a major priority and wants trusts to take better measure to prevent infections coming into hospital, as well as preventing its spread through better hygiene.
The rules have created some criticism, not least that hospitals will have to set up MRSA wards, leading to fears that patients could be stigmatised.
There were more than 18,000 cases of MRSA recorded last year, but campaigners claim as many as 5,000 people die each year out of 100,000 cases of HAIs.
Screening is typically carried out through swabs taken from the nose, armpit or groin, where MRSA can live harmlessly only becoming apparent when infection develops.
The bug can cause a range of problems, including abscesses, pneumonia and urinary tract infections.
Those at high risk include people in nursing homes were as many as one in five could have MRSA. Hospitals will also need to screening patients who face certain types of surgery where infections could have a severe impact.
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Sunday 3rd December 2006 @ 21:40
This will be unrealistic in Nursing Homes as total isolation will be detrimental to the social welbeing of the elderly in these Nursing Homes; most of them already feel isolated from theire families and islation from newly found companions would be an added blow. The cost implications will be crippling to some of the Homes, least some home owner may not be able to fund the cost of the Isolation procedures; maybe special funding might be available to support these Homes. Until now most GPs do not recognise the need for barrier procedures to be in place; and some are reluctant to have swabs taken at interval to check if treatments/care for MRSA are effetive.
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Title: Isolate patients with MRSA
Author: Carol burns
Article Id: 1260
Date Added: 21st Nov 2006