MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is an infection that may be acquired in a hospital setting. It tends to develop in patients whose immune systems are weak, have undergone surgery, or use an invasive device such as a ventilator.
This can lead to life-threatening infections and complications such as pneumonia or infection in the bloodstream. It is most often spread through contaminated hands, so there are ways it can be prevented.
The following are 5 ways you can help protect yourself from MRSA:
- Ensure that all healthcare professionals involved in your care wash their hands each time they enter your room;
- Know and watch for symptoms of MRSA after you have left a hospital or medical center;
- If you are using an invasive device, ask how long it will be necessary;
- Ask visitors to wash their hands and those who are sick to stay home; and
- If you go home with a medical device associated with an increased risk of infection, learn how to clean and take care of it.
If you develop MRSA and you believe it was preventable, a facility or healthcare provider may be held liable. A medical malpractice attorney can explain your legal rights.
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