A new study underscores the need to have smaller, local hospitals establish MRSA testing facilities for patients who have been referred in from bigger city hospitals. The study finds that the MRSA organism lives and breeds in city hospitals, and is transmitted into local hospitals via patients who move from city facilities to local hospitals.
The study was conducted by a team at Edinburgh University, where the researchers tracked the movement of the MRSA superbug. The researchers found that the MRSA bug originated in large hospitals in London and Glasgow, and from there, was able to migrate to smaller local hospitals. The mode of transmission was patients who were treated at these larger hospitals, and then visited smaller hospitals.
The larger hospitals seemed to act as a hub, transferring infections to patients, who then visited regional hospitals.
According to the researchers, this is very important knowledge, because it indicates that better testing and detection facilities at smaller hospitals could lead to a prevention of these infections. Patients who are visiting a local hospital could be screened for MRSA before they are admitted into the facility.
The number of MRSA infections in the United States has dropped over the past couple of years. One of the reasons why there has been a drop in the rate of MRSA infections has been increased awareness about these infections. There has also been an increased focus on ridding hospitals of the risk of hospital-acquired infections, by focusing on hand hygiene and sanitation.
However, this still remains one of the deadliest superbugs. What makes MRSA especially dangerous is that it is resistant to so many types of antibiotics.