You'll Never Look At A Bedrail The Same Way Again.

by Erica Mitchell | November 11 2020

Imagine you are a physician doing rounds in a hospital. You and a colleague walk into the room of a patient infected with MRSA. You are careful to wear gloves, and avoid touching the patient, but instead check his medical devices and other equipment. Alongside you, your colleague performs a routine exam of the patient himself, touching various parts of his body as needed. After the visit, you and your colleague remove your gloves and each pair is tested for contamination by MRSA. Whose gloves are the most contaminated? The answer may surprise you.

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When Your Bacteria Colonies Get Hostile: That's An Infection

by Erica Mitchell | September 30 2020

There is a good chance that you have Staph - Staphylococcus aureus - on your body right now. In fact, it is estimated that 25-30% of us carry Staph on our skin or in our nose all the time. But a quarter of us are not sick, suffering from the symptoms of a Staph infection. What's the deal? It comes down to colonization vs. infection.

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The Prime Suspect in HAIs: Staphylococcus

by Erica Mitchell | August 13 2020

Staphylococcus might as well be the mob when it comes to hospital acquired infections. Strains from this bacterial crime family account for 38% of all HAIs and affect all the major sites for infections. Because it is a part of our natural human flora (our own personal biome), it has ready access to opportunities to enter the body, either through an incision or a medical device. 

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MRSA: Locker Room Menace

by Erica Mitchell | October 13 2015

This post continues our series on MRSA in support of MRSA Awareness Month.

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MRSA: An Ancient Bacteria Adapts to Modern Medicine

by Erica Mitchell | October 9 2015

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5 Facts About MRSA You Need to Know

by Erica Mitchell | October 6 2015

To recognize MRSA Awareness Month through October, here are 5 critical facts about MRSA that everyone needs to know. 

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What is Community-Acquired MRSA?

by Erica Mitchell | July 31 2015

CA-MRSA_new-01Most antibiotic-resistant MRSA is found in hospitals and healthcare settings, places where strains of the common Staphylococcus aureus have evolved to resist these treatments. But there is a type of MRSA that is spread outside of healthcare settings, among healthy individuals. This type is called "Community-Acquired MRSA," and can also be difficult to treat. Today we'll explore what sets this particular strain of Staph apart from its more harmful, hospital-associated cousin.

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