- Nov 29, 2010
I have a cousin with cystic fibrosis who has been plagued by MRSA. Long hospital stays throughout his life all but guaranteed it. He's made it into his late 20s and now has to make a target weight (i.e. he has to gain enough weight) to make the lung transplant list. It's horrible to have an already devastating disease without adding in the superbugs of our own making. Well meaning, of course, the road being paved with good intentions and all.Scary stuff.
Being a retired nurse I was on the front line when it came to dealing with antibiotic resistant illness.
Hospitals are hot beds of disease organisms and I saw more people that have fallen victim to this situation than makes me comfortable. People having surgeries, many knee or hip replacements find themselves victims of MRSA (methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus) or C-diff and found themselves being admitted to the rehab unit for treatment of a nasty infection that they caught IN the hospital. The IV antibiotics given to treat these conditions, Vancomycin being one of them, is potent and potentially dangerous even to administer with some pretty nasty side effects of it's own. When I worked in the nursing home industry we saw people admitted with these same conditions, AFTER being admitted to a hospital.
Where, I'd like to know, are these bacteria that are invading the hospitals coming from?
I've had incidents while working a new born nursery where cultures of the walls found staph bacteria. We were all tested regularly for staph. So who knows. Are the great unwashed masses coming in to visit patients and see their new family members bringing in the buggies? That is my theory.
Now what has made them resistant is the next question? MRSA can not be destroyed. It is forced into colonization by powerful antibiotics and remains dormant in the person's bloodstream. C-diff can be eliminated but it's my suspicion that what is happening is that people who have lesser illnesses that do require treatment with antibiotics are not taking the full course of medicine and the super bug transformation takes effect when that happens.
The key to it all might be as simple as education of the masses to stop this resistance.
As a treatment for a clear problem - I'm all for it. Preventative- not so much. In the beginning, of course, everything you read says use medicated and so on. We do Flock Raiser for all … and if littles run into an issue- then I treat as a life-saving measure, close eye is kept, of course. It seems to largely depend on the weather - those warm days with wet ground are the biggest precipitator.Exactly.
I die a bit inside every time I see anyone say they use medicated starter or Corid.