One Quarter of Nursing Home Residents Carry MRSA

An emerging study has revealed that infection control must be improved in nursing homes given the significant issues with the spread of the serious, sometimes deadly, MRSA (Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) pathogen.

According to Science Daly, one in four nursing home residents carry the dangerous bacteria, citing a study by Queen’s University Belfast and Antrim Area Hospital. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and conclude that better infection control is needed in nursing homes. The study is believed to be the largest of its kind looking at MRSA in private nursing homes in the United Kingdom.

The study team collected nose swabs from 1,111 residents and 553 staff in 45 nursing homes in Northern Ireland’s former Northern Board area, said Science Daily. The team found that 24 percent of residents and seven percent of staff tested were colonized with MRSA, said Science Daily, which explained that while the participants were not presenting with symptom or signs of MRSA, they all carried the bacteria. Overall, said Science Daily, residents at 42 and staff in 28 homes turned up as positive for colonization of MRSA. Recorded rates for residents ranged from zero to 73 percent and zero to 28 percent for staff. For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia. 

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