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More about infection and failure to diagnose
Diagnosing an infection at an early stage and providing the appropriate sensitive antibiotics in the correct dosage will often result in successful treatment of the infection. However, if the infection is left untreated or treated with the wrong antibiotics, even ‘minor’ infections can cause significant injury and lead to sepsis if the infection enters the blood stream. Hospital acquired infections are often avoidable if basic hygiene practices such as washing hands thoroughly and employing an adequate cleaning regime are followed.
Once diagnosed, treatment depends entirely upon the type and severity of the infection and its location.
The MRSA bacteria can be found on the skin but is unlikely to cause any injury or harm unless it enters the body through a wound or the site of an operation. Patients should be screened before undergoing any surgical or invasive procedures to ensure that they are not carrying the bacteria on their skin. If MRSA bacteria is found, topical treatments should be given to try and eradicate the bacteria and precautions taken to reduce the risk of the bacteria entering the wound and causing an infection or being passed to any other patients. Precautions should include isolating the patients and adopting strict hygiene practices. If MRSA is found in a wound then it is essential that the appropriate antibiotics are given at the correct dosage.
C.diff is a bacteria found in the gut of healthy patients, however the use of antibiotics can result in a proliferation of c-diff bacteria causing an infection. Patients with -C-diff should be treated with the appropriate antibiotics, isolated and barrier nursed to ensure that the infection is not transmitted to other patients.
If left untreated or treated with inappropriate antibiotics both MRSA and C-diff can lead to sepsis and can cause long-term harm and in some cases can even be fatal.