By Ken Buben, President, FancyScrubs.com
Kids who carry the MRSA germ but show no infections are at a great risk for developing a full blown infection.
The study, by the John Hopkins Children Center, involved 3,140 children admitted to the Hopkins Children’s pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) between 2007 and 2010. Routine screening showed that 153 arrived at the hospital already colonized with MRSA. Compared with noncarriers, these patients were were nearly six times more likely to develop invasive MRSA infections after discharge and eight times more likely to develop them while still hospitalized.
The risk for MRSA is greater for vulnerable patients – those very young and old. “Hospitalized children colonized with MRSA have a very real risk for invasive infections, both while in the hospital and once they leave, so mitigating this risk is a serious priority,” said lead investigator Aaron Milstone, M.D., M.H.S., a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Hopkins Children’s Center.
Many hospitals now screen critically ill patients for this infection but there are no guidelines as how to treat them. And what about those not so critically ill that can be carriers?
Rigid hand washing is always recommended and if you are a healthcare worker invest in a some fluid repelling nursing scrubs that will prevent the spread of germs through bodily fluids and blood.