Study Shows MRSA Gaining Drug Resistance in Nursing Homes

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology has released a new study regarding the need for more targeted interventions to prevent the spread of drug-resistant bugs in nursing homes  due to the rise of MRSA in community living facilities.

Nursing home residents have increased risk factors for MRSA, including diabetes, long-term use of indwelling devices, and inability to perform activities of daily living. Researchers assessed MRSA prevalence in 22 of the 72 homes they inspected. Of these samples, 25% were the more resistant CA-MRSA. CA-MRSA is also more likely to spread among younger nursing home residents who are more active in the facility. The study stresses the need to evaluate disease prevention strategies currently in place in nursing homes and supplement them where ineffective. For more, read the story.

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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