Symptoms And Treatment Of Staphylococcus Aureus Essay

913 Words Nov 15th, 2016 4 Pages
Healthcare acquired infections, or HAIs, are preventable infections that a patient obtains while receiving treatment for another infection or surgical condition. These types of infections can occur in a variety of clinical care settings such as acute care hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, dialysis facilities, outpatient care, and long-term care facilities. HAIs can be caused by the use of medical devices such as catheters, central lines, or ventilators, and by surgical procedures. In fact, 1 out of every 25 hospitalized patients becomes affected by an HAI. (4) There are several types of pathogens capable of causing healthcare acquired infections. Gram-negative bacteria are known for causing infections in the bloodstream, pneumonia, wound infections, surgical site infections, and even meningitis. Gram-negative bacteria are resistant to most antibiotics which is what makes them so difficult to treat. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is a multi-drug resistant infection with gram-negative rods. More specifically, MRSA is a type of staff bacterium that is resistant to a certain type of antibiotics called beta-lactams. Healthcare acquired-MRSA is typically a skin infection but it can progress into a life-threatening illness. Klebsiella is also a gram-negative bacterium that is a risk to patients on ventilators, have catheters, or are being treated with long-term antibiotics. This particular type of bacterium is not a health risk for a healthy…

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