Next up in the news is an article on some research on MRSA colonization in the home for patients we care for. It’s over at Medscape.com which I know requires you to login. However, it is free to register and there’s a wealth of information for nurses over there so don’t balk at registering and let that barrier stop you from reading articles there.
Persistent MRSA Infections in Home
In this article on MRSA infections, scientists found that patients infection colonies were persistent and resistant to treatment even after major interventions should have halted the infection. This suggests that the patient’s own homes and family members are sources of colonizations.
The research out of the University of Pennsylvania in Philly found that up to six months following initial treatment, the patients and their family members were persistently colonized with MRSA on their persons nearly 20% of the time suggesting source of colonization in the home. Interestingly, this group of persistently colonized patients skewed older than the MRSA-free patients which might have something to do with their ability to adequately de-colonize and clean their homes.
This will help nurses, doctors and other health care professionals to better identify patients who will need more assistance and guidance in using things like bleach baths and the topical antibiotic mupirocin to remove the MRSA colonies from themselves and their home environments. As we continue to fight against community acquired MRSA colonies that infect our patients we should be paying attention to articles like this one to see how we might better educate our patients about how MRSA is transmitted and how to adequately clean and sterilize our homes to remove infection sources for at-risk patients.
Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode – Managing Elderly Critical Care Patients and Episode 348.