Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 356 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Dec-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-Dec-2003
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Antibiotic resistant bacteria frequently transmitted between intensive care patients
Bacteria with resistance to multiple antibiotics will become more common in intensive care units unless hospitals improve their hygiene standards. Research published in Critical Care this week shows that there is an "unexpectedly high" level of transmission of bacteria between intensive care patients.  more

Information for health professionals: Community-associated MRSA frequently asked questions
MRSA is a type of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus). Staphylococcus aureus, often referred to simply as staph,are bacteria commonly carried on the skin or in the nose of healthy people. Some S. aureus are resistant to the class of antibiotics that are frequently used to treat staph such as methicillin and thus are called methicillin-resistant S. aureus(MRSA).  more


Information for practitioners: 12 steps to prevent antimicrobial resistance among hospitalized adults
This handy printout outlines 12 steps for health professionals to follow when attempting to: prevent infection, diagnose and treat infection effectively, use antimicrobials wisely, and prevent transmission of a pathogen. more

Information for healthcare personnel: MRSA - Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has become a prevalent nosocomial pathogen in the United States. In hospitals, the most important reservoirs of MRSA are infected or colonized patients. Although hospital personnel can serve as reservoirs for MRSA and may harbor the organism for many months, they have been more commonly identified as a link for transmission between colonized or infected patients.  more

Bird flu spreads in South Korea
Bird flu, the highly contagious virus that is deadly to humans, is spreading in South Korea, with another farm infected and more than 100,000 chickens and ducks marked for slaughter by the government.  more

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