Handling In Contact With MRSA (bacterial) Fluids?
Yesterday I did a suction and then got a splash of liquid, how was the first treatment ?, and how long was the transmission period?
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MRSA or methicilin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is an infection caused by Staphylococcus aereus which is resistant to various antibiotics. The incubation period for this infection can range from 1 -10 days, which is contagious depending on the type of disease and the place of entry of germs, such as transmitters through the respiratory tract or through the injured skin.
MRSA infections can cause various risks of diseases, such as pneumia or lung infections, skin infections, infections of the bones to the occurrence of sepsis in the body. Thus, symptoms that are often felt can include complaints of itching, festering, swelling of the skin, wounds that do not heal, long coughing, shortness, fever depending on the organ system being attacked.
If you are treating a patient, one of which is by suction, where the possibility of a patient experiencing respiratory infections due to MRSA, and suction fluid in contact with your body, the risk of MRSA transmission from your work / hospital environment (Hospital acquired MRSA) is higher if the skin You have a wound or if this fluid enters through an open wound. However, if your skin is intact or there are no wounds, the risk of infection is getting smaller
Similarly, if you use a mask during patient care, the risk of transmission gets smaller through the air or due to splashes of liquid on your mask. So using personal protective equipment during treatment in accordance with the provisions of the hospital you work into prevention steps that you must do.
If your work clothes, your mask or your skin come into contact with the patient's respiratory tract fluids With MRSA, you can make a number of attempts:
1. Wash your hands before and after treating MRSA patients
2. Discard the mask immediately in contact with liquid, and clean the contact area on your face with soap and running water
3. Change your work clothes to avoid residual liquid sticking and clean separately from the clothes of other family members
By washing and cleaning the contact area, it is expected to prevent the transmission of MRSA infections to medical personnel in the hospital. However, if you feel a complaint that begins to interfere in the next few days, you can consult directly with your pulmonary doctor at the hospital you work. Especially if you experience fluid contact from patients on your skin lesions, complaints of coughing, fever, or tightness. The doctor will conduct an examination and evaluate your clinical condition, so that regular evaluations can be done to ascertain whether there is a risk of MRSA transmission from the patient.
For now, it is enough to rest, avoid sleeping late, and to meet the needs of healthy nutrition to keep your body's defense system good.
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