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Posted on February 21, 2013 by

MRSA Infections on the Rise in Nursing Homes

Doctor Examining an Elderly Patient
Doctor Examining an Elderly Patient

The Staphylococcus aureas bacteria that can cause the very serious infection known as MRSA has been found by a recent research study to be prevalent in nursing homes. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of California Irvine, found that twenty of the twenty two homes evaluated had the bacteria present. This bacterium is particularly dangerous due to the fact that it is resistant to antibiotics.

The infection has usually been found in people who have invasive procedures in health care settings. There are community based infections of the disease and the researchers believe that the way these infections are being brought into the nursing homes is important.  Since nursing homes have different types of patients than hospitals awareness of its presence could become a problem for residents.

If you or a loved one has been to a health care facility and been diagnosed with MRSA or another serious infection you should act quickly to ensure the appropriate treatment. If the facility acted improperly or was negligent at any point during a procedure you may be entitled to pursue a claim against them as well.  Visit our website and arrange a meeting with one of our St. Louis malpractice or nursing home neglect attorneys for information on your best course of action.