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MRSA Infections

MRSA Exposure Injury Lawsuits

MRSA | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Exposure: Injury, Illness | Bacteria, Hospitals, Methicllin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections

MRSA (Methicllin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) is a type of bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus) that is resistant to many antibiotics. MRSA infections are frequently found in patients in healthcare facilities and hospitals. The infection is commonly spread by direct contact with the hands of a health care worker or patient who is infected or carrying the organism. MRSA is responsible for an estimated 120,000 infections annually. The bacteria normally live on a persons skin or in an individuals nose.

Symptoms of MRSA Infections

MRSA infections may cause an expansive range of symptoms. The part of the body that is infected determines how severe the symptoms can be. An individual’s surgical wound, burns, catheter sites, eyes, skin and blood can become infected. MRSA infections result in redness, swelling and tenderness at the site of infection. Additionally a person with MRSA may not have any of these symptoms. Symptoms can last anywhere from a few days up till months and can eventually cause death.

How MRSA Infections Are Detected

MRSA infections can be diagnosed when a physician takes a sample from the infected site and submits it to a laboratory. The laboratory places the specimen on a special culture plate containing nutrients, then incubates the plate in a warmer and then identifies the bacteria. The final step is for the laboratory to conduct tests using various antibiotics to determine if the bacteria are resistant (able to withstand or tolerate) or sensitive (susceptible to killing) to select antibiotics.

How To Prevent MRSA From Spreading

Meticulous hand washing is the single most effective way to control the spread of MRSA. Health care workers must wash their hands immediately after contact with every patient. If a patient has an MRSA infection, health care workers should wear disposable gloves, or even a gown should be worn depending on the type of contact. Patients should also wash their hands to avoid spreading the bacteria to others. Additional steps should include the following:

  • The patient should be isolated from unnecessary contact with staff and other patients in a single room, or share a room with other patients who have MRSA.
  • Linen and clothing should be carefully sterilized.


The antibiotic of choice for an infected impatient is Vancomycin given intravenously. Oral clindamycin may be used in minor soft tissue infections in outpatients.

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MRSA on Capitol Hill

Apr 17, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
A House of Representatives staffer has contracted the dangerous, sometimes deadly, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), likely from the House’s gymnasium, according to some on Capitol Hill, reports ABC News, citing the Congressional newspaper, The Hill.  According to a statement from the House chief administrative officer, the unnamed employee who contracted MRSA is also a member of the House Staff Fitness Center (HSFC), said CBS News.CBS News also reported that Dr....

MRSA Outbreak at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Apr 10, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
Dozens of mothers and newborns have fallen ill with dangerous staph infections following release from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. reports that the increasing trend has sparked a state investigation in Boston that revealed significant problems in how the Beth Israel Deaconess manages infection.Ten of the 18 mothers and 19 newborns were so sick they needed hospitalization, with two suffering from serious illness and the most recent staph bacterial infections testing as...

Study: One-Third of EMS Stethoscopes Infected with MRSA

Apr 1, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
A new study found that about one-third of all stethoscopes used by emergency medical services (EMS) providers is contaminated with the dangerous, sometimes deadly, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria.ABC 7 News reported that investigators looked at 50 stethoscopes from EMS professionals at a New Jersey hospital emergency department and discovered that 16 of the stethoscopes were “colonized” with the super bug.  The study also revealed that 16 EMS workers...

Hand Washing Is the Best Way to Prevent MRSA

Mar 31, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
MRSA—Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus—has long been known to be passed via health care workers and equipment and is best known for its ability to fight off the effects of a growing array of antibiotics.  Now, Science Daily reports that a preventative measure as simple as regular hand washing by hospital staff and visitors had significant positive effects on stemming the spread of the deadly super bug versus patient isolation.Dr. Peter Wilson from University College...

MRSA A Rising Trend in American Children

Jan 20, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
We have long been reporting on the dramatic rise of the multi-drug resistant staph infection commonly referred to as MRSA.  Now, MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is making headlines across media outlets because of how the deadly disease is attacking young children in this country.Newsday reports that drug resistant head-and-neck infections are increasing among children, attributing the trend to MRSA traveling through communities, something that has become commonplace,...

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