Health Care-Associated MRSA
Hospitals offer health and hope to many people. However, with the amount of visitors and patients that are in and out of hospitals each day, the buildings can become full of deadly germs. One such infection is called MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Part of the common family called “staph,” MRSA is a dangerous bacterium that is often present in our hospitals.
When you contract MRSA from a hospital, it is often called HA-MRSA, for health care-associated MRSA. Older people and those with already weakened immune systems are more at risk for this bacterium, so it can be found not only in hospitals, but also nursing homes and dialysis centers.
Staph infections typically start off as red bumps that look like acne or bug bites. Then, they can turn into deep abscesses that may need to be drained. Staph can become fatal when the infections reach into your bones, lungs, heart, bloodstream, etc.
Most staph infections are easily treated with antibiotics. However, MRSA has mutated so that it resists most common drugs. Luckily, though, doctors have had success with a different antibiotic called vancomycin. On the other hand, this may not be successful for long because some MRSA bacteria are already becoming less susceptible to this medication.
Hospitals should keep us healthy rather than make us sick, but sometimes they fail in their duty to us. HA-MRSA is a strong, serious bacterial infection that can lead to amputations or even death. If you or someone you know has suffered a MRSA infection from a hospital, you may be entitled to financial recompense.
For more information regarding hospital infections and other forms of medical malpractice, contact a Wisconsin personal injury lawyer at the respected firm of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today by calling 800-242-2874.