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How to Treat MRSA

More than 50 percent of people arriving at emergency rooms with skin lesions have staph infections, and medical professionals aren’t always following all the steps to make sure they administer the correct medication, a new study shows.

Doctors are being advised to drain the sores first and then culture the infection before deciding what antibiotic to prescribe for treatment. Most often, it is found that they do not weigh treatment options satisfactorily.

This regimen is not new, says M. Lindsay Grayson, an expert on infections disease who wrote an editorial that accompanies the study.

“However, over the years many doctors have simply assumed that the staph strain causing the infection will be susceptible to the routine antibiotics they choose,” said Grayson, a professor of medicine at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

MRSA infections are occurring frequently among patients that have been hospitalized or who have been prescribed antibiotics for a long period of time.

Previously, the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) said that at least 12 percent of antibiotic resistant infections were picked up in the community and had no link to hospital settings.

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that an estimated 59 percent of skin and soft tissue infections treated at 11 emergency rooms around the United States were caused by community related MRSA infections.

Even though a whopping 80 percent of these patients were treated with an antibiotic, doctors prescribed the wrong one 57 percent of the time.

MRSA is resistant to most commonly prescribed antibiotics. These include methicillin, penicillin and amoxicillin.

This study shows a need to carefully reconsider which medication to prescribe in MRSA cases, especially when the infections are community based.