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Staph Infections

At Encompass HealthCare, we treat staph infections seriously and thoroughly.

Staphylococcus aureus (staph) is a common bacteria found on the skin. Most of the time, staph does not cause any harm. But sometimes, it can cause infections, some of which can be quite serious or fatal, including:

Staphylococcus Aureus (Staph) treated at Encompass HealthCare

Staphylococcus Aureus (Staph) treated at Encompass HealthCare

    • Bacteremia or sepsis when bacteria spread to the bloodstream.
    • Pneumonia, which predominantly affects people with underlying lung disease including patients on mechanical ventilators.
    • Endocarditis (infection of the heart valves), which can lead to heart failure or stroke.
    • Osteomyelitis (bone infection), which can be caused by staph bacteria traveling in the bloodstream or put there by direct contact such as following trauma (puncture wound of foot or intravenous (IV) drug abuse.

Problems arise when the skin, the body’s natural “defense,” is compromised by a cut, scrape, or deep wound.  That’s when staph that normally sits on the skin can enter into the body and cause infection.  This doesn’t happen in all cases, as many cuts and lacerations have no complications at all.  It only happens when the body’s defenses are unable to fight off infection.  This can occur for many reasons, including existing co-morbidities like diabetes and medical complications which interfere with the body’s ability to fight off staph.

When the body is already in a compromised state, its ability to attack a foreign invader becomes lessened.  Other reasons why one might suffer an infection include malnutrition, older age, and other co-morbidities.

Staph bacteria can also become resistant to certain antibiotics. These drug-resistant staph infections include: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Vancomycin-intermediate Staphylococcus aureus (VISA), and Vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA)

People at risk for staphylococcus aureus (staph) infection

Anyone can develop a staph infection, although certain groups of people are at greater risk, including people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, cancer, vascular disease, eczema, and lung disease. In a hospital setting, the risk of more serious staph infection is higher because patients often have weakened immune systems or have undergone procedures such as surgery or have intravenous catheters.

At Encompass HealthCare, we eliminate that possibility by delivering our IVs and other treatment modalities in our outpatient setting.  Patients get their treatment, safely, and then go back to work, go home, or just get on with their day.

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One Response to Staph Infections

  1. Hello, my adult son (28 yrs. old) has recurrent staph infections and is under the care of a local ID specialist. He treats my son with antibiotics for each episode but has not been able to prevent them. Sometimes they are so bad he has to be put on more potent antibiotics. My son has had his appendix removed years ago and I was wondering if this may one reason he continues to get these infections. Also, do you think it is possible to prevent these infections? Please help, we are at the end of our rope!!! I am extremely worried about my son.

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