This is a discussion post response. The response is just
giving feedback and your opinion on the students post. This needs to be at least 100 words a piece in
length. PLEASE KEEP THEM SEPARATE!!
As a nursing facility I am
sure you are aware that many illnesses run rampant through places like these.
Take one nurse for example, she may have 10 patients on her unit and has direct
contact with them all. 7 of these patients go to the dining hall for dinner.
The following day, 5 patients come down with diarrhea. One of these patients
recently came back from the hospital with pneumonia and was put on antibiotics.
These patients all have C. Diff, which due to all
the contact is spreading through the home. This nurse has only been using hand
sanitizer between patients and is not using PPE as she did not know the patient
had C. Diff. All of these patients are older and have been using antibiotics
for years. They have become resistant to many of the common antibiotics
therefore treating any kind of infection, pneumonia, UTIs, etc. becomes very
difficult.The more antibiotics are used the harder it is to treat illnesses.
Some illnesses are so common and have been treated with antibiotics so often
they have become resistant to them.
Bacteria can duplicate very quickly and therefore
mutations in DNA can happy faster. Some of these mutations can allow more
antibacterial resistance for example lessening cell entry points for the
antibiotic, a change in enzymes that makes it more difficult to inhabit them.
Once the bacteria have mutated and become resistant the antibiotic will still
kill the non-resistant bacteria. Now only the resistant bacteria can mutate can
duplicate and you end up with only resistant bacteria. This will result in the need
for new antibiotics to be develop to handle the mutated strain.
your son has been diagnosed with a MRSA infection. MRSA stands
for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. Staph itself is a very common
bacteria that is present on the skin of about a third of the population.
Outside of the body this bacteria is usually harmless and it is kept from over
multiplying by other bacteria and flora present on skin. It’s when this
bacteria finds a way to enter the body that an infection occurs. Factors that
leave an individual more prone to staph infections include:
close contact with others who are infected or colonized
Sharing equipment or supplies not cleaned between users
Spending time in concentrated groups of people such as schools, prisons,
military barracks, and hospitals
is a sub group of staphylococcus that has become resistant to the antibiotics
commonly used to treat Staph infections. Basically, the bacteria has evolved in
ways that allow it to survive conventional treatment. Bacterial resistance has
grown in recent years because of a number of factors including the overuse of
antibiotics and the misuse of them by those that they were prescribed to.
Through repeated exposures to our medicines bacteria have learned how to change
themselves in ways to ensure their survival. Because MRSA is resistant to many
of the standard treatments, your son will have to be treated with alternate
antibiotics that are still effective against this infection. He will also have
to remain on the antibiotics longer because we want to try to ensure any
lingering bacteria are killed and not allowed to survive and build a resistance
to these antibiotics.
the future, to prevent any new infections, encourage your child to wash their
hands frequently and thoroughly, avoid sharing personal products, keep cuts and
scrapes covered, avoid contact with others wounds, and always shower after team
sports or group activities in which skin to skin contact occurs.