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Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

The MRSA bacteria are often acquired in a hospital setting.

The MRSA bacteria are often acquired in a hospital setting.

MRSA infections and other resistant bacterial infections are serious but treatable.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is caused by a type of staph bacteria that’s become resistant to many of the antibiotics used to treat ordinary staph infections. This infection is a potentially serious bacteria found on the skin of as many as 30% of people. Although it is a scary term and most people don’t realize that it is a bacteria found on everyone as a normal condition.

Problems arise when this bacteria is contracted beyond what the body can handle and this usually occurs in hospital settings. These infections occur in people who’ve been in hospitals or other health care settings, such as nursing homes and dialysis centers. When it occurs in these settings, it’s known as health care-associated MRSA (HA-MRSA).

Of course, antibiotic-resistant bacteria are not limited to just MRSA. Other resistant bacterial infections such as Clostridium difficile (C. difficile, or C. diff) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) are treated here as well.

At Encompass Healthcare, we successfully treat Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and other resistant bacterial infections and are proud of our outpatient setting which virtually eliminates the potential to contract it in the first place.

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