Superbug Continues to Spread
A drug resistant superbug has been going around at a Maryland heath clinical center. The latest victim is a 7 year old boy. This little boy was the 19th patient to become infected with Klebsiella pneumoniae.
The bacteria’s appearance was traced to a New York woman who was treated at the facility in August 2011. So how did it infect this little boy from so long ago? The boy had gone to a Bethesda hospital in April for treatment of complications from a bone marrow transplant. His underlying condition did increase his risk for a superbug infection. The hospital claims to to have gone through intensive efforts to wipe out the superbugs. The prior patient was on the same floor as the boy. The boy was found with the infection from a routine rectal swab test. That test was a new measure put in the hospital since the superbug infected patients.
The physician researcher at the hospital John Gillan said “The boy probably got this infection because a patient who was a carrier (of the superbug) was on the same unit. There was undoubtedly some intrahospital transmission despite our best efforts.”
It’s been over a year since the Los Angeles reported their superbug alert as they reported over 350 cases in hospitals and nursing homes there. What can be done to protect patents who go to hospitals, clinics or nursing homes to get better and stay in them because of a superbug transmission?
CDC Guidelines To Prevent MRSA From Spreading:
- Hand Washing – Something so simple but not always done. Hand washing should be done after taking off gloves and in between each patient visit. Even if a healthcare worker is working on a patient and comes upon blood or bodily fluids they should re-wash their hands. It could cause cross contamination of the superbug between body parts if they don’t.
- Gloves – Always wear gloves when the patient may have blood or bodily fluids coming into contact with you. Do NOT wash the gloves to use again.
- Eye, Hand, Nose Protection – Masks and goggles should be worn if any bodily fluids or blood could come in contact with your face.
- Gowning – Wear a gown to protect skin from any blood or bodily fluid splashing upon you.
- Instruments – Must be thoroughly cleaned and reprocessed before using on another patient.
- Laundry – Handle, transport and process used linen to avoid any contamination of air, surface or persons.
Have you or someone you know come across the MRSA superbug?