MRSA Resistant to most antibiotics Found in health care facilities –hospitals –long term care facilities other care facilities Not a threat to healthy people
Why should YOU be concerned about MRSA? Difficult to contain Easily spread Hard to treat
Risk factors for MRSA infection Surgery Devices used in invasive procedures ICU or burn ward Age Treatment with multiple antibiotics Severe illness or disability Prolonged or repeated hospital stays Compromised immune system
How is MRSA spread? Direct contact between health-care workers and clients. –Colonized vs. infected persons Health-care workers are the MAIN carriers. NOT usually spread through the air
How do I detect an infection of MRSA? Symptoms: –drainage from a wound –Fever and chills –increased white blood cell count
Common sites of infection Respiratory tract Surgical wounds Perineum or rectum Skin
How to stop the spread of MRSA Proper hand-washing : –Before caring for each client –After removing gloves –Before leaving the clients room
VRE Hard to treat Some forms of VRE pass on their drug-resistant genes!
Risk factors for VRE infection Severe illness Treatment with multiple antibiotics Abdominal or cardiac surgery Devices used in invasive procedures Age ICU Prolonged or repeated hospital stays
How does a VRE infection develop? Opportunistic Bacteria transmitted between clients and healthcare workers –colonized vs. infected persons
Signs of VRE infection Drainage from a wound Fever and chills Increased white blood cell count
Handwashing prevents spread of VRE Wash hands before patient care Wash hands after removing gloves Wash hands BEFORE leaving the patients room.
MRSA AND VRE All healthcare workers play a role in preventing the spread of these nosocomial infections. REMEMBER-WASH YOUR HANDS