IS SCREENING FOR MRSA AND DECOLONIZATION THERAPY IN THE HOSPITAL USEFUL?

IS SCREENING FOR MRSA AND DECOLONIZATION THERAPY IN THE HOSPITAL USEFUL?

“There’s a healthy debate in the North American medical field currently regarding whether it is useful to screen and decolonize patients for MRSA in this way prior to hospital admission. Detractors cite the costs of screening and subsequent measures as prohibitive to the potential benefits of eliminating a few infections. Proponents wave pharmacoeconomic studies suggesting that the prevention of just a few major infections per year in a hospital can recoup the investment in screening equipment and effort. So what’s the truth?” 

So what are your thoughts on the subject?

New Study Provides Hope in Fight Against MRSA

A recently released research report by the University of Buffalo finds that there is something contained in human breast milk that helps make MRSA surface infections easier to treat with antibiotics.

Not only does this study highlight how powerful the human body is with its own natural healing mechanisms, it also highlights a potential step forward in the ongoing fight against MRSA.

The research team added HAMLET, (Human Alpha-lactalbumin Mad Lethal to Tumor cells) a complex protein that comes from purified human breast milk, to their test of aggressive strains of bacteria that had grown to be resistant to antibiotics. The test showed positive results when the antibiotics were used with the HAMLET protein.

One of the researchers, Anders Hakansson had this to say about the results, “It sensitizes the bacteria to the antibiotics that they used to be resistant to, so suddenly, you can use the old [antibiotics] again”.

There is still a long way to go in the fight against MRSA infections but it is encouraging to see progress at any level.

Reference:
http://www.insidescience.org/content/breast-milk-protein-may-help-defeat-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria/997

This is How we Help Keep Athletes Healthy.

Athletes involved in high-physical-contact sports are at the highest risk of contracting MRSA and other skin infections. MRSA skin infections also spread in locker rooms, showers and training facilities. Training tables, equipment and weights are common touch points that spread infections. But it’s not just athletes who are at risk. Coaches, trainers, staff and health club members are contracting skin infections at an alarming rate.

Americans visit the doctor for skin infections more than 12 million times per year. Our NanoTech helps keep athletes in the game. A long-term solution to controlling infections The incidence of skin-related infectious diseases has been estimated at 20.9% of college sports-related conditions and injuries. Sanitizers only reduce the number of germs on a surface but they do not completely rid the surface of germs. Fungal infections are highly communicable and often passed in health club facilities.

The Top Five factors that lead to the spread of MRSA: contact,contaminated surfaces, cuts, scratches and poor cleaning practices.