Thank you for posting this, Tara. It is very serious stuff, and we all should be aware.
I have even heard that one can get MRSA from a paper cut. Anytime the skin is opened there is a chance of infection.
MRSA is on us all the time, and most of the time, it is kept in check by a healthy immune system. It is when the immune system is weak, such as when a person is in the hospital suffering from some other condition, that MRSA gains its advantage.
From the article:
“Normal infection control measures, such as disinfecting hospital equipment and doctors and nurses washing their hands with antibacterial soap, can stop the spread.”
I can guarantee this will not happen. Most hospitals are absolutely filthy - and the staff refuses to sterilize their hands, as they go from one patient to another - changing dressings, attending open wounds.
I feared infection, when I had major surgery five years ago. My doctor asked me if I had any requests before I ‘went under’ for the surgery.
I told him, “Yes. Two requests. Treat me as if I were your mother. And second, please post on my door that everyone that enters my room must wash their hands before touching me (the patient.)
In the five days that I was hospitalized, only two times did I see anyone wash their hands. (Neither my face nor body was washed for five days, nor was I even given a toothbrush, or a hairbrush.) It was the most horrible nightmare imaginable!
No wonder infections are spread in hospitals!