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The Dangers of Healthcare-Associated MRSA

Staph infections, caused by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, are among the most common causes of skin infections. Normally, these bacteria can be treated with antibiotics and typically disappear without a problem. However, some staph bacteria have mutated into a form that is resistant to some antibiotics. This is called MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

MRSA can also thrive in supposedly clean environments like hospitals. This is called healthcare-associated MRSA, or HA-MRSA. HA-MRSA is especially dangerous because it can attack people who are already weakened due to surgery or illness. If you have suffered from HA-MRSA due to unclean medical instruments or facilities, please contact a Stevens Point medical malpractice lawyer from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 today.

Risks of HA-MRSA

While regular staph infections often remain on the skin, MRSA can burrow deeper inside of your body with the help of surgery and medical devices. This allows the bacteria to spread into your blood, traveling to your bones, heart, lungs, and other organs. Things that can serve as a gateway for HA-MRSA include:

  • Surgical incisions
  • Implants such as artificial joints
  • Medical tubing like catheters and intravenous tubes

Because it is resistant to some antibiotics, MRSA can be difficult to treat. Sometimes, it can spread beyond the doctor’s ability to treat, which can lead to death.

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Fortunately, HA-MRSA can be limited with good hygiene, proper sterilization of medical equipment, and isolation of infected individuals. If nurses, doctors, or other medical professionals have failed in this duty to you, resulting in a HA-MRSA infection, you may be entitled to financial compensation. To discuss your case, contact an experienced Stevens Point medical malpractice attorney from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 today.