Saturday, June 1, 2013

Possible Solution for MRSA, Other Drug Resistant Bacteria

My opinion on the below content:  I know this isn't the best possible fix for these deadly bacteria, but frankly, as they always say, prevention is key.  At this point, MRSA is resistant to almost everything - this might be one of the only solutions out there.  Also, I think this article is a testament to the importance of hand washing - it really does effectively kill (or wipe away) germs.  However, too much hand washing may make the immune system weaker, just as using too many antibiotics gave rise to antibiotic resistant bacteria.  Hence, the best balance (in both areas) needs to be found in order to ensure a safer environment.  Another point: I'm wondering why the ointment, when applied to the nose, seems to be so effective.  Does this mean that humans who aren't sick should wash their noses on a regular basis?  And are there other body parts that may be extremely important to cleanse besides the hands?  Perhaps hospitals should make patients take a certain kind of mouthwash, or is this unnecessary?  Feel free to comment.

Deadly infections cut in sickest hospital patients

By Caroline Arbanas

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
A major study in hospital intensive care units shows that bathing patients daily with an antimicrobial soap and applying antibiotic ointment in the nose reduced by 44 percent the bloodstream infections caused by dangerous pathogens, including the drug-resistant bacteria MRSA.  The effort to remove potentially harmful bacteria from ICUs also lowered by 37 percent the number of patients who harbored MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) on their bodies. These patients were not sick from the bacteria but were at risk for MRSA infections and spreading the germ to other patients. 


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