By Ken Buben, President, FancyScrubs.com
There has been an outbreak of a staph infection at a newborn ICU unit in Anchorage, Alaska reported these past few days that is drug resistant.
Since March 14 babies in this unit have contracted mild or moderate infections caused by MRSA. “The strain originated from within the hospital,” said Kim Porter, a state epidemiology expert.
“They are now taking extra precautions to make sure the bacteria doesn’t spread,” Dr. Megan Clancy, Providence’s director of infection control said. “Babies who carry the bacteria or were infected are in a separate room with separate nursing staff and equipment, away from those not carrying the bacteria.”
MRSA infections are different because they resist treatment by antibiotics that include methicillin penicillin, and amoxicillin, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The infections, however, can be treated with other antibiotics.
Again all healthcare workers must take precautions against spreading infectious diseases by proper hand washing, sanitizing all hospital surfaces and wearing protective medical uniforms.
Hospital Infections Kill More Americans Each Year Than AIDS, Breast Cancer and Auto Accidents Combined! Let’s try to get this number down in the coming years ahead.