Essay on Mrsa

945 Words Sep 4th, 2008 4 Pages
MRSA in the Community According to Mosby’s Medical, Nursing, and Allied Health Dictionary (2002),
Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), is a gram positive bacterial that is normally found on the skin and in the throat, and is a life threatening staphylococcal infection that may arise within hospitals, and “is frequently responsible for abscesses, endocarditis, impetigo, osteomyelitis, pneumonia, and septicemia.” Treatment usually includes bed rest, analgesics, and an anti-microbial drug that is resistant to penicillinase, an enzyme secreted by many species of staphylococcus. This writer will discuss the history of MRSA, article reviewed, community described in article, means to address the problem, and ethical
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The article advises that the clinical symptoms are different and depends on if MRSA was acquired in the hospital or community setting (p.221). Furthermore, Herman, Kee, Moores, and Ross (2008) advise that if MRSA is acquired in the community the nurse is likely to see skin and soft tissues infections (p.221). In addition, they advise that MRSA is spread through” frequent skin-to-skin contact, participation in activities with compromised skin, sharing of personal items, and sexual activity between men (p.221). In addition, this article advises that Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, tetracycline’s, and clindamycin are the antimicrobial that are susceptible to MRSA. Furthermore, the article goes on to say that, “some MRSA strains are capable of developing intermediate susceptibility to vancomycin, an antibiotic whose use has increase as the number of community MRSA occurrences grow (p.223).”
Community Described This article advises that the community is children and adults who live in overcrowded conditions such as athletes, prisoners, soldiers, and individuals with limited access to healthcare, people with low socioeconomic status, and certain ethnic or racial minorities.

Means to address Community MRSA According to Stanhope and Lancaster (2008), means to address community acquired MRSA involve “building partnerships, providing education, making surveillance a top priority to prevent

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