Kayla Bossart

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus

Two types:

1.) CA-MRSA: Community-acquired MRSA

2.) HA-MRSA: Hospital-acquired MRSA

What is MRSA?

MRSA is an infection caused by a strain of staph bacteria that's become resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat staph infections.

How is the diagnosis made?

Doctors diagnose MRSA by checking a tissue sample or nasal secretions for signs of drug-resistant bacteria. The sample is then sent to lab and put in a petri dish, where the bacteria can flourish. The lab then reviews the samples to see if the patient is positive or negative for MRSA.

What is the relative frequency of MRSA?

94,000 people get MRSA each year.

Disease Course

1. MRSA starts with small bumps that look like pimples or bug bites.

2. They will become red, swollen, painful, or pus filled.

3. If the rash doesn't clear up in a few days, you should consult your doctor.

5. MRSA is treated with antibiotics.

6. However, MRSA is a very serious infection and it worsens each day it goes untreated.

What are the possible complications?

If MRSA goes untreated, it can spread and affect your joints, lungs, heart, bones, and bloodstream. Also, MRSA can possibly result in death.

Who is the target audience?

  • People with compromised immune systems.
  • People in the hospital or nursing home.
  • People with surgical wounds, catheters, or feeding tubes.
  • Athletes that participate in contact sports.